A guardianship may be needed when Pennsylvania residents see a loved one struggling. In some cases, it is an elderly relative who simply can't do the things they used to do. In other cases, it may be a special needs child. There are many different ways that people could arrive in a situation where they cannot complete day-to-day tasks. In these scenarios, it may be necessary to file a guardianship petition to have a guardian appointed.
When a guardian is appointed, that individual or entity can make important decisions for the health and welfare of the person who needs assistance. The guardian may also need to make legal decisions and financial decisions to help the incapacitated person.
In order for a guardian to be appointed, a petition for appointment is filed with the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of the county where the alleged incapacitated person resides. As our readers can likely imagine, it can be somewhat difficult to convince a court that another person is incapable of making important decisions in his or her own life, so the petition has to be highly detailed and supported with sufficient medical evidence.
At our law firm, we do our best to help Pennsylvania residents who need to go to court seeking to have a guardian appointed. Like most legal matters, there are nuances to these proceedings that many people probably don't know. We attempt to help our clients with the guardianship process, so they can help their loved ones. For more information about guardianship and how our law firm might be able to help, please visit our website.