The guardianship process in Pennsylvania | What to know

While the guardianship process may appear to be complex and intimidating, it is an important step to protect a loved one’s future. Read on and give our firm a call today to learn more about this process and to speak with one of our Pennsylvania estate planning attorneys. We look forward to hearing from you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How does the guardianship process work in Pennsylvania?

There are several steps that must be achieved throughout the guardianship process. To begin, you and your attorney must draft a petition to become your loved one’s guardian. You are also instructed to explain the petition to your loved one. Once that is achieved, you will file the petition with the court and state your case in the same court. The court will then appoint an attorney for the alleged disabled to ensure that they have a fair day in court and that their best interests are protected. Once that is done, months later, an expert will testify to the judge concerning the mental state of the alleged incapacitated and whether the person requires a guardian. To learn more about this process, reach out to our firm today to obtain more in-depth information. We are just one call away.

What is the main purpose of the petition process?

The petition will contain the assets that the incapacitated party owns, who wants to take possession of them, and will also include financial information. If the judge sustains your belief that your loved one is incapacitated and would profit from you as their guardian, then the court will give permission to make financial and healthcare decisions on behalf of your loved one.

After you are appointed guardian, you must make sure that you keep track of all of your loved one’s finances to ensure that you can report back to the court each year. You must act truthfully and with your loved one’s best interests in mind at all times.

The process of earning guardianship is long and complex. If you are thinking about guardianship for a loved one, do not hesitate to reach out to one of our legal experts to learn more about your options. Our legal team is equipped with the knowledge and experience required to ensure that you and your loved one’s futures are protected at all costs. At Friedman Schuman, our attorneys are committed to ensuring that you and your loved ones’ futures are protected. Give us a call today to discuss the details of your situation with our dedicated legal team.


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