Indiana residents should know that a guardianship is a legal device that gives a person or some other party to make decisions on behalf of a ward. The courts usually designate guardians in situations in which a person is disabled or incapacitated. Unless there are medical directives or a durable power of attorney that has already been prepared when someone becomes incapacitated or disabled in some way, it will be up the court to choose a guardian to be responsible for making non-financial and financial decisions for that person.
The courts in Indiana can establish guardianships that permit one party to make decisions on behalf of another party. Guardianships are typically established when individuals become incapacitated or disabled and unable to make decisions regarding their own welfare.
When a loved one becomes ill or indisposed due to age, this can present family members with difficult choices. Also known as a conservatorship, adult guardianship is a legal tool that a person can use to take care of a loved one with dementia or cognitive impairment.
Indiana seniors may be protected against elder abuse by a bill that passed in 2017. The Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act is intended to protect older people and their families from fraudulent guardianships.