Guardianship Family Law
If an individual has lost capacity or is disabled from birth and is incompetent, it may be necessary to commence a court procedure to appoint a guardian to carry out the individual’s wishes. The guardian will often have to make personal, financial and healthcare decisions for the individual.
Lacy Katzen has years of experience with guardianship proceedings, including:
- Article 17 proceedings, used when a court appoints a guardian. This might apply to a minor whose parents are deceased.
- Article 17A, for individuals who lack capacity from birth, such as those with autism or Down syndrome.
- Article 81, for individuals who have become incompetent because of brain injury, stroke, dementia or Alzheimer’s and need a guardian.
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- Transfer on Death Accounts
- Pre-Nuptial & Post-Nuptial Agreements
- Last Will and Testament Estate Planning
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- Revocable Living Trust Estate Panning
- Standby Guardianships
- Planning & Designating Durable Power of Attorney
- Organ & Body Donation
- Irrevocable Trust
- Irrevocable Medicaid Trusts
- Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts & Crummey Trusts
- Living Wills & Health Care Proxies
- Guardianship Family Law
- Estate, Gift & Income Tax Analysis
- Disability Planning
- Charitable Gifts, Bequests & Trusts
- Beneficiary Designation
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