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The state of Michigan offers many different types of guardianships to ensure that people of all different needs and circumstances are covered. If you are interested in learning more about guardianships, do not hesitate to contact our experienced Michigan estate planning attorneys. At Collis, Griffor & Hendra, we are dedicated to protecting you and your loved one’s future interests.

What are guardianships in Michigan?

A guardianship authorizes an elected person to handle certain responsibilities for another individual who is incapable of managing the tasks themselves. Typically, this occurs if an adult becomes incapacitated, or more generally, an elderly adult. There are various types of guardianships in Michigan that can be chosen depending on the individual and their circumstances.

What are the different types of guardianships in Michigan?

There are several examples of guardianship that can be chosen depending on each individual’s position. They include the following:

  • Guardian of the person: This person makes life decisions for an individual, including health care, education, and welfare.
  • Guardian of the property: This individual manages decisions about the person’s money, investments, and savings. They are expected to file an annual report about the properties.
  • Guardian of the person and property: This individual is responsible for both life and property decisions.
  • Guardian ad litem: This individual is selected by a judge to act for an individual during a court case in the event that they cannot protect their rights or defend their own interests.

How do I choose a guardian?

If you are mentally capable, you can appoint a guardian yourself through an estate plan. In the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself, your guardian will be able to step in and advocate for you. It is important to consider retaining a skilled estate planning attorney to ensure that your preferred guardian will be able to act on your behalf when needed.

A guardian must be over the age of 18. They also must be a legal resident or citizen of the United States. When choosing who you should pick to be your guardian, it is important to appoint someone that can be trusted with your life and financial responsibilities. Normally, a relative or loved one will take this role and care for the person in need.

If you are considering guardianship, it is in your best interest to speak with a legal expert to help you navigate through this process. Contact Collis, Griffor & Hendra today to get started.

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