Establishing Guardianships For Individuals With Special Needs
Do you provide care for an adult child or other family member who has special needs? Were you named or appointed as a guardian or conservator?
At the Phoenix law firm of Emily R. Taylor, Attorney PLLC, we have more than seven years of experience helping individuals and families establish long-term and special needs plans. We will assess your unique situation, help you understand your options and guide you through the process of providing the best care possible for your loved one.
Your options may include:
- Establishing a guardianship or conservatorship in the Maricopa County Superior Court
- Filing Annual Reports of Guardian or Conservatorship accountings and budgets
- Administering a court-supervised special needs trust
Let Us Help You Protect Loved Ones Who Have Special Needs
Guardianships and conservatorships are legal methods of managing the finances, health care and living arrangements of those who have diminished or impaired mental capacity. Two of the most common reasons you will need to establish a guardianship for a special needs individual include:
- Turning 18: When your minor child turns 18, you will no longer have any decision-making abilities for his or her health care decisions, education or living arrangements without a guardianship in place.
- Divorce: When parents of an adult child with special needs obtain a divorce, a guardianship is necessary to establish rights and responsibilities of both parents over their adult child.
We will help you meet your duties and obligations in your role as a fiduciary if you have been appointed as a guardian or conservator in Arizona.
When an individual has special needs or is no longer able to live independently, we will help you create a plan for his or her future care. A Special Needs Trust helps manage finances for your loved one without jeopardizing his or her rights to public benefits.
Guardianships and conservatorships are legal methods of managing the finances, health care and living arrangements of those who have diminished or impaired mental capacity.
Raising a child with special needs or serving as a fiduciary for an adult family member with a disability can be both rewarding and challenging. For many, public benefits are essential for survival.