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Guardianship may be necessary to care for loved one

After years of making decisions and taking care of him or herself, there comes a time when a person's aging loved one can no longer do so. When this happens, who will make the important decisions? Who will make sure the bills are paid, decide where the loved one will live and make sure that the he/she is properly cared for? Unless steps were taken to address this issue prior to its becoming a necessity, it may be necessary for the Colorado resident to petition the courts for guardianship of the loved one.

Considering guardianship to protect parents' investments

Having an aging parent can be a blessing, but it can also come with its challenges. While Colorado residents are certainly happy to still have their older parents around, it can be difficult to see mental decline occur and to witness parents struggle to keep up with important financial and household decisions. In some cases, an adult child may need to pursue guardianship in efforts to prevent detrimental outcomes.

Understanding Colorado guardianship rules

When a loved one is unable to care for him or herself, family members may struggle to make the best choices. There may be financial concerns, such as managing the estate of an elderly parent who is showing signs of dementia. Perhaps most urgently, family and friends may worry about the health and well-being of their loved one. At some point, they may have to reach an agreement about whether guardianship is the best option.

Guardianship may be necessary if one becomes incapacitated

Diet, exercise and taking care of oneself are part of the equation for enjoying one's golden years. Yet, for some Colorado residents, this may not be enough. Illness or injury may strike leaving the individual incapacitated and unable to make decisions and take care of personal business without assistance. When this happens, it may be necessary for guardianship to be established by the court.

Guardianship process is taxing on the family; help is available

Sometimes the signs are subtle and easy to miss. In other instances, the change is almost immediate and there is no time for the Colorado resident to take action. The fact, however, is often the same. A loved one is no longer able to make sound decisions and guardianship decisions must be made.

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Buzz Aldrin dilemma -- guardianship or exploitation concern?

Taking care of mom or dad can become a pressing concern as a Colorado resident's parent ages. It often begins with driving mom or dad to doctors' appointments. Later, one realizes that the parent is no longer able to stay on top of bills and needs someone to step in to take care of this. There can even come a time when decisions need to be made regarding where mom or dad will live as he or she is no longer able to care for him or herself. If guardianship has been addressed prior to this time, this may be a simple process; however, if it has not, things may be more complicated.

Guardianship appointment vital part of estate plan

No matter how much one plans and prepares, the future still remains uncertain. Even the best plans can go awry. With this in mind, one cannot be certain the he or she will always be able to take care of him or herself. If the day comes when this is not possible, it may be necessary for a guardianship appointment to be made for the Colorado resident.

Signs a guardian may be abusing a senior citizen

Some senior citizens require guardianship, so someone with proper mental faculties must take over decision-making tasks regarding the person's finances and health. Unfortunately, not everyone who signs up to be a guardian is trustworthy. There are many cases of people who had their bank accounts completely cleaned out by unscrupulous guardians.

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