Adult Guardianship

Following a severe injury or illness, an adult who, until this point, has operated on his or her own completely sufficiently, may require help to get by on a daily basis. When this is true, a guardian may be appointed by a court to ensure that the basic needs of the individual are met.

A guardianship is a legal right that is assigned to an adult. The right makes the individual responsible for the food, health care, housing, and other requirements of a person who has been determined to be either fully or partially incapable of providing the necessities of life for him or herself. This incapability may be due to an accident, a severe injury, or even some forms of illness.

There are a variety of circumstances which dictate when it may be necessary to petition a court to appoint a legal guardian. Some of these instances include:

  • People who have a mental or physical problem(s) that prevents them from taking care of basic needs
  • People who are in danger of substantial harm due to their inability to provide the basics for themselves
  • People who do not have an individual legally authorized to assume responsibility for them

In some very limited cases, a court may appoint an emergency guardian for a person. An emergency guardian acts on their charge’s behalf during a crisis and continues to act until the individual regains his or her ability to make their own decisions.

Once a guardian is appointed, it is possible for a person to resume complete control of his or her life.

Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer

If someone you love has been assigned a guardian because of his or her inability to function daily and you would like more information about disability payments, contact the Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633.