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Guardianships

Protecting your rights every step of the way

When you cannot take care of yourself due to incapacitation, the process of guardianship may be used to allow someone to manage your property and affairs. These guardians are usually appointed by the court if you have not designated someone to make decisions on your behalf or care for you. Legally appointed guardians are instructed to act in your best interests and those of your estate as well.

Guardianship can ensure that your interests are not only protected, but taken care of by a knowledgeable source. However, situations may arise that can seem tricky at first without the help of a lawyer. An incapacitated person unaware of the needs of their situation may need a third party to step in and address the help deemed necessary to manage your life with success. Loved ones may be able to petition the court for a guardian if they feel that one is needed, but if the guardian in question is found to not be acting in the best interests of the estate, legal action may also be necessary.

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Legal guardianship requires legal assistance if problems arise. That's why it's important to have a New Hampshire probate law attorney on your side. At Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A., we have extensive experience handling matters pertaining to guardianship, and we are here to help you.

Common guardianship issues

Adults sometimes become incapacitated and can no longer care for themselves due to physical or mental incapability. When this occurs, a guardian may be appointed for them. In order to meet these criteria, these problems must prevent the adult from being able to handle his or her own affairs and also must show this person's inability to provide for personal needs for healthcare, food, clothing, shelter or safety.

The planning tools, such as powers of attorney, can prove useful. Your New Hampshire probate and estate planning lawyers can help you explore all the options available to you.

Actions of the guardian

When a guardian is appointed, their actions must correspond with the responsibilities outlined under New Hampshire law. If a guardian abuses their power or attempts to take liberties outside of what are permitted, legal action may be taken. If you believe that someone is not being properly treated, or being taken advantage of by their guardian, it's time to take action with a lawyer who knows the law, and knows how to demand justice. Attorneys Christine Rockefeller, Matthew Cox, and Sarah Lavoie have the experience and resources to handle these complex cases.

Contact us at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. today by phone at 603-742-2332, or use our online contact form to get in touch with us. We represent the people of New Hampshire when they need our help the most. Most importantly, we represent you.

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