Adults who are not able to address their personal or financial needs adequately deserve help. Whether the individual in question agrees to give up legal authority over their own affairs or is opposed to such a move, options are available under Ohio law. At Ernst & Associates in Lebanon, we assist clients who are considering an arrangement that establishes legal responsibility for someone close to them. Whether the right option is a guardianship or conservatorship, our firm prepares the necessary documents and supporting information to make the strongest possible case to the probate court. If you’re concerned about what might happen if you lose capacity to deal with key issues at some point in the future, we also draft power of attorney documents.
For clients in Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Montgomery and Clinton counties, our firm offers comprehensive guidance on the following methods of transferring legal authority when someone is unable to act effectively in their own interests:
We understand the sensitivity of these situations, particularly in guardianship cases where the proposed ward might not agree that they require this type of assistance. Attorney Dave Ernst offers knowledgeable, professional counsel no matter how difficult the specific circumstances might seem.
To start the guardianship process, an applicant must petition the probate court and include a Statement of Expert Evaluation that details why the person in question requires legal protection. Following that, the court sends an investigator to make an independent determination regarding the proposed ward’s fitness. In a hearing, the judge decides whether the ward is legally incompetent and whether the applicant is the best person to serve as guardian. Should this be the case, the applicant becomes guardian by taking an oath and acknowledging their fiduciary duty to act in the ward’s best interests. At every stage of these proceedings, we help clients meet the necessary legal requirements and avoid potentially harmful errors.
Ernst & Associates advises clients throughout southwest Ohio about guardianship proceedings and other legal concerns. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call 513-970-6200 or contact us online. Our office is in Lebanon.