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Guardianship is a legal relationship created when an individual or organization is named by order of the court to exercise any or all powers and rights over an incapacitated person and/or the estate of an individual.
Guardianship is needed when an individual is unable to make and carry out decisions regarding his or her own personal welfare and basic needs. Therefore, the guardian is responsible for arranging for the ward’s personal needs including shelter, food, medical care, social services, education, rehabilitation, etc.
The purpose of Guardianship is to protect the individual and/or the individual’s property, preserve the individual’s health and the individual’s assets and promote the person’s individual growth.
The role of the guardian is to be an advocate, surrogate decision-maker, coordinator of services and financial planner and estate manager.
The guardian is not a caregiver, companion, service provider, warden, savior, reformer or substitute family member.
Yes. Project Amistad accepts guardianship referrals from the community including various community agencies, the courts, the State Department of Againg and Disability Services, hospitals, home health agencies, hospice agencies, Emergence Health Network, state-supported living centers and the public.
If you are concerned about the health and safety of a person and believe their life may be in danger, call 911. If you are concerned about abuse, neglect or exploitation, conact the Department of Family and Protective Services at 1-800-252-5400. If the individual is not in imminent danger, you may refer the individual for guardianship service through Project Amistad.
If you would like to refer an individual for guardianship services with Project Amistad, you will need to submit a guardianship referral which includes; 1. A Guardianship Referral form completed with as much information as possible. 2. An Affavit of Dilligent Search, and; 3. A Certificate of Medical Examination. All necessary forms may be obtained by calling Project Amistad at 915-532-3790.
Each case is handled according to their specific situation. Project Amistad will always try to preserve assets unless doing so interferes with the individual’s care and/or needs.
Unfortunately, no. If you need to apply for guardianship services for someone you know, you will need to contact a probate attorney.
The cost will vary depending on the probate attorney you hire and your specific case. However, the courts may allow you to certify the case as indigent if the case meets certain criteria. Speak to your attorney about this and he/she can assist you in completing an Affadavit of Inability to Pay Court Costs to the court.