Guardian

Lawyer’s False Guardian Reports Lead to Bar Discipline

A court-appointed guardian has a variety of responsibilities. One administrative duty: most states require the filing of guardian reports, typically once a year. Those guardian reports alert the court to any changes. They also address whether the guardianship continues to be appropriate. Who and what must be reported Arizona, for instance, provides a report form …

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Management of Risk in Guardianship and Powers of Attorney

DECEMBER 14, 2015 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 46 Imagine: you have just been named as guardian for your aging father. You are responsible for his medical care and decisions, his comfort and his placement. You were appointed, in part, because of your concern about his safety at home — you are thinking perhaps he needs to …

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How to Make Health Care Decisions for Someone Else

JULY 28, 2014 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 27 Maybe you’ve been named guardian (of the person) for a family member, colleague, or friend. Maybe you’ve been listed in a health care power of attorney. Maybe you’re a family member with authority to make health care decisions (Arizona, like a number of other states, permits family members …

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Should a Guardian Follow the Wishes of Her Ward?

We read about an interesting Washington case recently.  Raven v. DSHS, a Washington Supreme Court decision handed down on July 18, 2013, indirectly dealt with a guardian’s duty to consider the known wishes of the subject of the guardianship. If the evidence is clear that the ward would not want to be institutionalized, for instance, …

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Some thoughts about guardianship and conservatorship

Some Thoughts About Guardianship and Conservatorship in Arizona

NOVEMBER 14, 2011 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 39 Let’s talk about guardianship and conservatorship proceedings. Before we do, though, let’s remember a couple of important principles: We only know about Arizona guardianship or conservatorship. Well, OK — we might know a thing or two about other states’ rules and procedures — but we only practice in …

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Does a Guardian Have the Power to File a Divorce Petition? In Some States, Yes

FEBRUARY 28, 2011 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 7 The issue arises with some regularity. A married couple, perhaps in their second marriage. Adult children. One spouse becomes ill — often, but not always, demented. The other spouse, unable to cope, turns the care of the ill spouse over to one of the children. That child figures …

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Guardian Allowed to Restrict Visitors, Telephone and Mail

NOVEMBER 23, 2009  VOLUME 16, NUMBER 62 Being appointed as guardian for another person can be a daunting challenge. The responsibility is enormous, and most guardians get little or no training other than the “on-the-job” type. The stakes — a human life — are enormous. What is the proper goal for a guardian? Is it …

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Guardian Not Personally Liable For Alleged Lack of “Due Care”

APRIL 27, 2009  VOLUME 16, NUMBER 38 Who has the obligation to get a proper Medicaid application filed for someone in a nursing home? Can the nursing home resident’s children, spouse, guardian or conservator be forced to pay for care after the patient’s money has run out but before the state Medicaid agency receives the …

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