Guardianships

Guardianships

Protecting incapacitated and incompetent individuals

Guardianship is a legal tool which gives one person or entity the power to make personal and/or property decisions for another. When the person loses the ability to make rational, clear-headed decisions about health care, finances, or other aspects of life, it affects his or her ability to participate meaningfully in decision-making. Guardianship may be the next step, particularly if there is disagreement among family members about these issues or no Power of Attorney or other advanced directives exist.

The attorneys and support staff who handle guardianships at Vishnick McGovern Milizio LLP possess empathy and patience, along with a thorough knowledge of the law as it pertains to this emotionally-charged legal area. With the respect of peers and judiciary alike, our firm has the ability to handle guardianships in a timely, compassionate and meticulous manner.

The Guardianship representation provided by Vishnick McGovern Milizio includes:

  • Providing a comprehensive consultation to clearly direct the family through the guardianship process
  • Participation in all aspects of guardianship proceedings
  • Managing, accumulating and disbursing assets
  • Providing peace of mind for the family of the person for whom a guardianship is granted by the court
  • Protecting the health and assets of an incapacitated or incompetent individual
  • Conserving and protecting a minor’s inheritance or other settlements and awards

The attorneys at Vishnick McGovern Milizio receive guardianship appointments from State Supreme Courts (Article 81 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law) and Surrogate’s Courts (Article 17 and 17-A of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law). We also work with relatives and third parties who are close to people in need of supervision and with other attorneys who have clients in need of guardianship proceedings. Should you have any questions regarding the guardianship process, our staff is available to assist you.