Burlington County Guardianship Attorney

Are you worried about the capacity, health or treatment of a loved one? Do you have concerns about someone financially exploiting a vulnerable relative? If so, you may be able to obtain a guardianship and preserve your loved one's physical and financial well-being.

At The Law Firm of Michael S. Rothmel, LLC, we help you understand whether a guardianship is appropriate for your situation. If it is, we guide you through the process of obtaining the guardianship and putting safeguards in place for your loved ones. Our decades of experience and familiarity with guardianship issues in New Jersey allow us to streamline this process as much as possible, so that your loved one can receive the protection he or she needs right away.

What Is A Guardianship?

A guardianship is a legal mechanism — obtained through the probate court — that protects vulnerable individuals by placing them under the care of a legally designated person, known as a guardian.

There are two types of guardianship. One type is tasked with protecting a person's well-being, while the other is put in charge of the person's property. One guardian may assume both of these roles, but it is also possible to have guardianship duties vest in two separate people.

Who Needs A Guardianship?

While there are many situations in which a guardianship is appropriate, they are most frequently used to protect:

  • Elderly individuals: Older adults who have diminished mental capacity that is the result of strokes, Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other conditions can benefit from a guardianship.
  • Incapacitated adults: A guardianship can protect vulnerable adults — such as mentally handicapped individuals — who are susceptible to improper influence regarding their finances, or who are at risk of self-harm.
  • Vulnerable children: Children, such as those who lose both parents or who are removed from an unsafe household, may be eligible for the protection offered by a guardianship.
  • Mentally disabled children turning 18: In these situations, parents must obtain a guardianship to gain the legal authority to conduct banking, make medical decisions and protect the health, education and welfare of their mentally disabled child.

For Answers To Your Questions, Contact Our Guardianship Attorney.

Arrange a consultation to discuss your guardianship questions and concerns with an experienced New Jersey lawyer. We are based in Mount Holly, but gladly serve the needs of those in other communities in Burlington County and the surrounding area.