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Whether you need to establish legal guardianship or conservatorship, draft a health care proxy or power of attorney, family law can be complicated to navigate without a lawyer. The outcome can change your life forever.
At the law firm of Linda Sternberg, Esquire, I will discuss your unique concerns in person — but I also understand the importance of immediate answers. Below are some answers to commonly asked family law questions. For more information, call my Watertown office at 617-722-8300 to speak with me, or reach me online.
Legal guardians of minors have many of the same responsibilities as biological or adoptive parents, making key life decisions for a child’s care, education, health and more. If a child is not your own, but the child’s parents are not available to care for the child, establishing a guardianship allows you to obtain custody and make the decisions that are vital to their everyday life. A guardianship of a minor ends on the child’s 18th birthday
If an adult over the age of 18 is unable to make decisions regarding his or her own care due to a disability, physical or mental illness, or other incapacity, obtaining guardianship will enable you to make decisions concerning his or her medical care and living accommodations.
If an elderly, intellectually disabled or otherwise incapacitated adult is unable to make financial decisions, the court can appoint a conservator to handle all his or her financial affairs or limit the appointment to a specific transaction. A conservatorship will enable you to handle a child’s funds in the event of a personal injury settlement, or if there is no parent available to care for a child’s finances.
A health care proxy will enable you to nominate an agent to make health care decisions for you when you cannot make them, including decisions about end-of-life care, and the withholding of medical treatment. You can make your health care proxy as specific as you want to represent your philosophy about end-of-life medical care. This document is known as an advance health care directive or living will in other states.
A power of attorney will enable you to nominate someone to make financial decisions for you if you are incapacitated.
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