We are Arkansas attorneys helping with guardianship of the elderly, disabled, children with special needs, and children whose parents can no longer care for them. We help guardians, and potential guardians navigate the court process.
How Guardianship Works
A guardianship is a court order giving someone the right to make decisions for another. The person who the guardianship is over, the ward, must be incapacitated either because of a disability or because they are a minor. A guardianship can be obtained over an incapacitated individual's person, property, or both. The guardianship can be broad in scope or more narrowly tailored.
A guardianship is useful if you need to make crucial decisions (such as housing, medical care, or financial decisions) for someone who cannot make decisions for themselves. A guardianship allows the guardian to protect the ward and/or the ward's finances. Guardianship ensures that the guardian will have access to the ward's sensitive or important information, such as medical or financial records.
A guardianship does require the approval of a judge. A person seeking guardianship must file a petition at their local circuit courthouse and have a hearing before a judge on the petition. If the guardianship is for a disabled adult, the disability must be proved by medical evidence (this can be accomplished through a sworn statement provided by the disabled adult's doctor).
Oftentimes a guardianship will be needed by parents of a special needs child who is reaching adulthood or adult children of an elderly parent who is experiencing dementia. A guardianship may also be needed for a minor child whose parents have either passed away or can no longer care for the child.
Arkansas Attorneys Here to Help
If you need an Arkansas guardianship attorney, contact us for a free consultation. For more information on guardianship, check out our Law Blog and FAQ pages on this website. Our pricing page can answer questions on what a typical guardianship cost.