Rhode Island Guardianship Lawyer

The day will arrive when your elderly parents will no longer be able to take care of their own needs. It's at that point you will have to step in and make some extremely difficult decisions on their behalf. Establishing a guardianship will allow you to make decisions regarding health care and finances. At Asquith & Mahoney, PC, we help you decide if a guardianship is best for your personal circumstances.

The Complex Process Of Creating A Guardianship

While establishing a guardianship can allow for you to make those crucial decisions, having a guardianship established in Rhode Island is a complex process and a petition for guardianship will not be automatically granted. The process is governed by Rhode Island state law and can only be established through a court order. Our firm can provide you the information as to whether choosing the guardianship option is right for you.

You need to make a number of careful considerations before deciding to create a guardianship. Failure to take precautions can result in various guardianship litigation disputes. Creation of a guardianship does not mean that the elderly individual has given up all decision-making authority. Instead, determinations concerning the amount of protection a guardian will provide is dependent upon the exact needs of the elderly person. Courts will also look at whether less restrictive alternatives to a guardianship can be taken.

Attorney Elizabeth P. Santilli has decades of experience in elder law and estate planning while working out of our Providence office. She understands the stress that you are going through in dealing with an elderly person whose decision-making ability is impaired. Besides understanding the proper steps to take in setting up a guardianship, she can also advise you as to your other legal options and steer you away from guardianship disputes. Her experience and knowledge make her a foremost authority and advocate in this area.

Contact Our Office

If you have loved one who is no longer able to make the important decisions concerning his or her own life, our lawyers at the law offices of Asquith & Mahoney, PC, can help you. Contact us at 401-331-5353.