If you have exhausted your options and you are not able to obtain a general financial power of attorney (FPOA) and medical power of attorney (MPOA), it might be necessary to seek guardianship of an elderly or disabled person. It is important to know that the guardianship is not automatically granted. The local Orphans’ Court in Pennsylvania (PA) will oversee the process and make a final determination as to whether or not guardianship should be granted.
Any time you have a court process and adjudication there is an opportunity for someone to file a contest and seek a different result. It is very important for you to foresee the possibility of a guardianship contest and to prepare to answer the challenges. For guardianship over the elderly or disabled persons, make sure that the medical records and testimony can substantiate the need for guardianship. Have concrete examples of why the guardianship is needed and how harm will come to the person without the guardianship. Finally, be ready to demonstrate why you are the best person for the job. Have all of the necessary witnesses, evidence and answers ready in advance of filing. It is always easier to gain success when you are properly prepared.
Please contact Doug Kaune if you would like assistance with your guardianship matter.