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Signs Your Loved One Needs Guardianship

When you start to realize that a loved one needs guardianship, it can be a somber time for the family. If your loved one needs a guardian, it means they can no longer care for themselves, whether because of old age or another condition.



In some cases, your loved one may willingly consent to guardianship or Power of Attorney, but if they don’t, it may be time to turn to the courts for help. If you’ve noticed any of the following signs your loved one needs guardianship, consider contacting your local estate planning attorney for help and information about the process.


1. Your Loved One’s Safety Is at Risk


If your loved one has experienced dangerous health issues and refuses to seek additional health, it may be time to look into guardianship. These health issues can take various forms, but the common ones include:


Mental decline

  • Missing appointments

  • Falling for scam calls and messages

  • Leaving the oven on

  • Getting lost in familiar places

Physical decline

  • Falling

  • Difficulty climbing the stairs

  • Trouble going to the bathroom alone

  • Having a hard time caring for themselves

If your loved one can no longer handle their everyday responsibilities without help, assisted care options can help them live out their golden years safely.


2. Your Loved One Won’t (Or Can’t) Consent to Medical Treatment


If your loved one cannot (or will not) make medical decisions on their own, they may benefit from the help of a guardian. It’s common for older loved ones to refuse medical treatment as a matter of pride or because they don’t realize the severity of the problem.


After a fall, stroke, or other health emergency, your senior family member may not be able to consent to certain types of life-saving medical treatment. Unless the proper documents are already in place, they may need a guardian to agree to these treatments.


3. Your Loved One Needs Assisted Care, but Refuses


It’s not uncommon for our older loved ones to refuse to enter a care facility. Some seniors find it embarrassing that they need extra care, or they may not realize how much they could use the help.


If your loved one can no longer live alone but refuses your efforts to provide help, it may be time to consider guardianship. While this should be a last resort, it will allow you to find them the support they need to live safely and comfortably.


4. Your Loved One Needs Financial Help


In some cases, your loved one may still be mentally and physically fit enough to live on their own but might want help putting their financial affairs in order. Whether they need to sell off existing properties or consider their current investments, guardianship allows you to assist or even take over for them.


While the Colorado Bar Association has some more helpful information about the duties of personal representatives here, the best way to navigate these responsibilities can be with the help of an experienced Denver probate and estate lawyer.


Get Exceptional Representation in Colorado Probate & Guardianship


Whether you are a personal representative, a beneficiary, or another party to a probate case, you can turn to a Denver probate and estate lawyer at Evans Case, LLP for superior representation and client-focused counsel. With more than a century of combined experience, our team is highly skilled at guiding clients through every phase of probate, no matter how complex or contentious a case may be.


Call (303) 757-8300 or contact us online for a free 30-minute consultation and important answers about Denver probate.



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