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Guardianships 101 (Part 2)

The Basics of Guardianships (Part 2)

By Andre O. McDonald |

If you haven’t already read The Basics of Guardianships (Part 1), click here to do so. Once you understand how guardianships are intended to help a special needs adult, you must understand the key responsibilities a guardian plays within their legal role. Guardian duties vary depending on the protected person’s limitations and abilities. However,… Read More »

What is Guardianship?

The Basics of Guardianship (Part 1)

By Andre O. McDonald |

Protecting and providing for your children is particularly challenging if they have special needs requiring additional care to address their vulnerabilities. Structuring your estate plan to include the appropriate legal documents in the event of your death is crucial, especially when naming a guardian. Special needs children often require guardianship past the age of… Read More »

Becoming a Legal Guardian of an Aging Parent: What You Need to Know

Becoming a Legal Guardian of Person and Property of Your Aging Parent in Maryland and the District of Columbia

By Andre O. McDonald |

Guardianship of an aging parent means acceptance of significant legal responsibility to act and advocate for their care. The duties include a parent’s daily care, medical care, and possibly financial decisions made on their behalf. Many guardians are family members who were previously caregivers, now cast into a formal legal role. At the same… Read More »

Responsbilities of being named as a guardian

Help! I’ve Been Named as a Guardian. What Do I Do?

By Andre O. McDonald |

A guardian is an individual who cares for someone who needs special protection. Adults can nominate a guardian in his or her Will. Likewise, parents can also nominate a guardian in their Will, but a court must confirm and officially appoint the guardian. Sometimes the need for guardianship arises when the parents are still… Read More »

Appointed guardian of property for a loved one in Maryland? Here's what to do next.

What to Do if You’re Appointed Guardian of Property in Maryland

By Andre O. McDonald |

Your grandfather Martin can no longer make decisions on his own. A court appoints you to be Martin’s guardian of property, to manage Martin’s assets. You become Martin’s “fiduciary.” The law now requires you to act to a high standard of good faith and honesty. Appointed Guardian of Property in Maryland: What Now? There’s… Read More »

4 Ways to Avoid Guardianship

4 Ways to Avoid Guardianship

By Andre O. McDonald |

What is a guardianship, and when is it necessary? In Maryland, a guardianship is usually defined as a protective legal proceeding for someone who is incapacitated or disabled and unable to manage his/her own financial and/or medical affairs. Incapacitated, as it relates to an adult, means that an individual is no longer able to… Read More »

How to Avoid Living Probate

Avoid Living Probate: How to Keep Guardians and Conservators Out of Your Estate (UPDATED: May 2019)

By Andre O. McDonald |

While most proactive individuals know the importance of having a well-rounded estate plan, it is typically considered as something that will take effect after they have passed away. But there are in fact many ways in which comprehensive estate planning can have a positive impact on your life while you are still around to… Read More »

Naming a guardian for your child is one of the most important things you can do to protect them

Do It Now: Why Naming a Guardian for Your Child Can’t Wait

By Andre O. McDonald |

We know it’s hard. Thinking about someone else raising our children stops us all in our tracks. It feels crushing and too horrific to consider; but you must. If you put off naming a guardian for your child, it’s possible that a stranger will end up determining who raises your child if something happens to… Read More »

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