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Will guardianships be necessary to care for a loved one?

When an Ohioan has a family member who is unable to care for him or herself, a guardianship might be the only viable option to ensure they are taken care of properly. In the state, the law says that there can be a guardianship when the person cannot handle medical issues, finances and basic needs and there is no other choice available. Knowing when a guardianship might be the preferred option and how to go about it is crucial to the process.

People with health issues can be elderly people, younger people or children. The reason for there to be a guardianship for someone with health issues can range from them being severely handicapped, being in a coma, having various disabilities, being afflicted with illnesses or conditions, and having faced drug problems. A brain injury can also be a reason to name a guardian. The dangers and aftereffects of brain injuries are becoming more well-known with sports coming to the forefront as a cause of it, but there are many ways - a car crash, a work accident, traumatic brain injury - that it can happen. It can even happen as a birth injury. People whose brains are not functioning sufficiently to address their personal needs might require a guardianship.

A person might suffer from mental illness such as schizophrenia that makes it impossible for them to function in society and complete daily activities. A guardianship can be useful to help that person. A child who has developmental disabilities such as autism, retardation, Down's syndrome and more might need assistance from childhood. They will likely need guardianship.

A child who does not have parents for one reason or another and is not of age to care for him or herself can benefit from a guardian to ensure that their needs are met. So too might a neglected child whose parents are not caring for him or her properly need a guardian to provide medical and educational care. Finally, children who have inherited significant amounts of money or property and are not of age to deal with it can have a guardian to protect and oversee them.

Guardianships are essential to helping people who are not able to care for themselves. Getting a guardian to care for a person whether it is disabled adult children, elderly adults or young children is an important decision. A legal professional who understands the details of guardianships can be of assistance.

Source: ohioattorneygeneral.gov, "Ohio Guardianship Guide -- pages 3-5," accessed on Nov. 22, 2017

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