Guardianship & Elder Law
Representing the elderly, individuals with special needs, and vulnerable adults.
The elderly and people with special needs confront unique issues and, as such, require legal representation from an attorney experienced in guardianship, elder law and working with vulnerable adults and their families. At Walker Heye, PLLC, our legal team has extensive knowledge and experience addressing issues specific to the elderly and people with special needs, including:
- Guardianship reporting and accounting
- Alternatives to guardianship
- Power of attorney
- Special needs trusts
- Long-term care
- Asset protection
- Nursing home rights
- Abuse and exploitation of vulnerable adults
Does My Elderly Parent or Child with Special Needs Require a Guardian?
Guardianship is not something to be taken lightly. It affects a person’s fundamental rights, including the right to:
- Marry and divorce
- Make a will
- Enter into contracts
- Buy, sell or gift property
- Determine who you associate with
Since guardianship impacts fundamental rights, our team always strives to find an alternative to guardianship. That is part of the reason that durable powers of attorney are so important for the elderly. In certain cases, however, guardianship is unavoidable. These cases include adult children who are so profoundly disabled that they cannot appoint an attorney in fact to take care of their affairs, individuals who are a danger to themselves or others, and people with dementia or mental issues who have lost the capacity to appoint someone to act on their behalf. Vulnerability to abuse or exploitation can also necessitate appointment of a guardian.
Protecting Your Future with Elder Law
The decision to seek legal help for guardianship and elder law issues is an important one. At Walker Heye, PLLC, we take guardianship and elder law seriously. We know it is important for the elderly, disabled and vulnerable clients we serve as well as for their families. If you would like to talk to one of our lawyers to learn more about how we can help you make elder care decisions, call our office today.