Devastated. That's probably the best word to describe how someone feels when a loved one develops Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia, or experiences a sudden debilitating event such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury and is no longer able to manage his or her own affairs. Apart from the emotional stress, there are the issues relating to how that person's financial, medical and legal affairs will be managed and the mechanism for doing so. When this happens, the only alternative you may have is to petition the court to become that person's guardian. A guardianship may also be necessary in situations where the person has a developmental disability (and presumably was never competent) or serious mental illness that renders them unable and unfit to manage their own affairs. This is a complex area of law that is constantly changing.
Try Our On Line Services
If you are seeking guardianship for your special needs child or for an older parent or family member who may have diminished capacity, we encourage you to consider our on line legal service as noted below. We actually offer two legal services relating to guardianship. One is called "Limited Representation" and the other is "Full Representation."
Limited Representation: For the Limited Representation, we will prepare all the pleading and filing letters you will need in order to file your guardianship with the Surrogate Court in your county. These include the Verified Complaint, Physician Certifications, Certification of Assets and Court Orders. In fact, we guarantee that your papers will be accepted by the Surrogate Court. Once your papers are filed with the Surrogate's Court, you will then represent yourself pro se. All the paperwork will be done for you, at a cost of only $750.
In addition to guardianship, we offer other basic legal services via our on line process like wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and Special Needs Trusts. Here is the pricing:
1. Estate Planning:
Last Will and Testament: Single Person - $195 Married Couple - $295
Power of Attorney: Single Person - $195 Married Couple - $295
Living Will (Advance Medical Directive): Single Person - $195 Married Couple - $295
2. Miller Trust (sometimes called a Qualified Income Trust) - part of Medicaid applications: $550 (starting at)
3. Special Needs Trust or Supplemental Benefits Trust: $850 (starting at)
4. Guardianship (for a person turning 18 or an older adult)
Limited Representation: $750 (limited to preparing necessary pleadings to file with the court - call our office for details)
Full Representation: $2,500 (if uncontested; if contested fee will be converted to hourly)
How it Works
The process is very simple. Just click onto our "on line services" tab below and follow the instructions on that page. You will be asked to fill out a simple contact form requesting basic information. There will also be a drop-down menu from which you can select the type of service you need. Once we receive your request, we will send you via e-mail the necessary link to begin the process. It's simple, fast and will save you a ton of money!
Handling Guardianships for Over 30 Years
As the former General Counsel to the New Jersey Office of the Public Guardian for Elderly Adults, I have been involved in hundreds of guardianship cases for over the past 30 years. Your case will not be our first, yet we will handle your matter with the sensitivity and understanding that all guardianship cases require.
So if a loved one you are caring for needs help managing their affairs or is vulnerable and at risk for being exploited – call us. . . we can help.