Legal Assistance In Little Rock With Guardianship Of Incompetent Adults

Mentally ill and physically or mentally handicapped adults who cannot care for their own health or manage their own finances often require guardians appointed by the court.

Understanding The Guardianship Process

A guardian is generally a family member, friend or professional who looks out for the best interests of the individual who is deemed incapable of maintaining basic life necessities or suffering from alcohol or drug addiction. The legal determination of incompetence is a serious matter as an adult could lose basic fundamental rights. The decision to pursue a guardianship requires careful consideration when other alternatives have been exhausted.

Individuals alleged to be incompetent have rights that need protection. They are entitled to advance notice of the date of the hearing so they can attend and have legal representation at the proceeding. The person seeking the guardianship must prove legal incompetency of the adult and that the guardianship is in the allegedly incompetent adult's best interests.

Even if a guardianship is granted, the ruling is not permanent. It can be revisited in court, particularly if the once-incompetent adult has regained the ability to manage their affairs.

Experienced Representation To Help You Establish Guardianship For Your Loved Ones

Family law attorney Vickie Lynn Cochran has over 20 years of experience and can help guide you through the petition guardianship process. We at the Law Office of Vickie Lynn Cochran will explain the laws and procedures in greater detail as they pertain to your situation.

Call Us At 501-313-1813 For Assistance

If you need assistance establishing a guardianship for your aging mother or father or a mentally or physically handicapped adult, reach out to our office for assistance. You can also send us an email.

We offer free initial consults, flexible appointments and accept credit cards.