Obtaining A Guardianship In Pennsylvania

Not everyone is capable of making good decisions for themselves or their finances. Children require the watchful care of a parent or guardian. Additionally, there are some adults who require extra care and support.

You cannot simply choose to make decisions for a child who is not your offspring or another adult. In these situations, you need to be appointed as the guardian.

This process can be confusing to those who are not familiar with it. At Raphael, Ramsden & Behers, our attorneys have experience helping individuals become guardians in Pennsylvania. We can walk you through the process and help you gain the legal authority to care for a loved one, and to help make important decisions.

What Types Of Guardianships Are There?

First, there are guardianships over children and guardianships over adults. The requirements for each differ. With an adult guardianship, you will need to be able to prove that the individual is disabled or incapacitated, and in need of assistance.

Second, in Pennsylvania, there are guardianships of the person and guardianships of the estate. If you are guardian of a person, you have the authority to make decisions about that individual's health and living situation. If you are guardian over the estate, you can make decisions about that individual's finances and property.

Speak With A Lawyer

To learn about the guardianship process and the responsibilities you will face as a guardian, contact our firm. At times, another person may be attempting to become a guardian, and you disagree with that decision. If you need advice and help in contesting appointment of a guardian, call or email us for a consultation with our lawyers. We can help you understand your rights and start the process of becoming a guardian. You can send us an email or call our Pittsburgh office at 412-471-8822 to schedule an appointment.