Watching your parents age can be difficult. Due to physical and mental decline, sometimes a parent needs to be placed in the care of a guardian. What if guardianship is granted and the individual to whom your parent is entrusted fails to do what is best for your mom or dad? Believe it or not, contested guardianships happen quite frequently in New Jersey and elsewhere. If you believe your parent deserves better than what he or she is getting, you can take steps to have the guardian’s powers revoked.
There are a lot of responsibilities that come with being the guardian of an adult. A person in this role is responsible for making sure the individual in his or her care has his or her daily needs met, that his or her financial affairs are tended to and that medical care and treatment decisions are made — among a variety of other things. It is not small task.
It is unfortunate that there are those who only seek the the guardianship role in order to benefit themselves, generally financially. It is usually fairly obvious to family members when this happens. However, obtaining proof can be a bit difficult. The only way to successfully seek to have a guardian’s powers removed is to have proof that he or she is misusing those powers.
Cases of contested guardianships can be challenging. Thankfully, it is not something you have to do alone. An experienced attorney can help you by giving you information about the evidence you need to gather, filing the appropriate legal motions in a New Jersey court and presenting your case in front of a judge. To learn more about why having an attorney at your side through a contested guardianship case may help you, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.