Establishing Workable Article 81 Guardianships

Anyone can think a few steps ahead, but effective life planning takes time and effort. Fate has a funny way of throwing the unexpected in your path, and when someone you love becomes incapacitated, it's not always easy to anticipate what might come next. Article 81 guardianships could make it far simpler to overcome such hardships.

Living in Westchester County is an unparalleled privilege. However, all of the amenities and rich cultural influences don't make those in our community immune to the perils of the modern world. At Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, our experienced long-term care planning attorneys offer advisement and advocacy that help people protect their lifestyles with enhanced legal knowledge.

Could A Guardianship Prove Critical To Your Estate Plan?

Guardianship is a special legal arrangement where a designated legal guardian acts on behalf of another individual's personal interests and property affairs. The person being cared for (i.e., the ward) may need such assistance for various reasons, and an Article 81 guardianship is intended to help incapacitated wards endure. Depending on the particulars of your arrangement, you can give a guardian the power to:

  • Protect a vulnerable ward from physical or financial abuse
  • Pay a ward's bills
  • Determine how Medicaid benefits are used
  • Deal with estate tax planning
  • Intervene to ensure that ward receives appropriate daily care

Laws like Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 were written to cover a wide range of situations, so it's important to seek a court order that meets your specific needs. Talking to the experienced attorneys at Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, can make it much simpler to establish a proper guardianship based on accurate legal know-how.

Talk To A Lawyer About An Article 81 Guardianship

Incapacity can take many forms. From illnesses with severe physical symptoms to mental health issues, each case is unique. If your court order doesn't instill your designated guardian with the appropriate powers, they may not be able to care for your loved one according to your wishes.

You care enough about your loved one to establish an Article 81 guardianship on their behalf, so why not do it correctly? Before formalizing your wishes by going to court, get prepared. Talk to an attorney on the Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, team today by calling 914-269-2367 or sending us a message online. With offices in White Plains and Somers, New York, we proudly help clients with guardianship issues throughout Westchester County.