According to a recent study from Miami University, adult guardianship in Ohio is on the rise, and many family members and friends are tasked with the important job of becoming a guardian for a loved one who needs assistance with self-care or managing financial matters. The study found that 70 percent of the guardians are family members or friends of the person under guardianship (the "ward").
The law in the United States is often crafted around protecting the interests of those who cannot protect themselves. The West Virginia Guardianship and Conservatorship Act addresses just such a person--a "protected person" who cannot legally take care of him- or herself and who may need the assistance of an appointed guardian for personal care and concerns or the assistance of a conservator for financial decisions. Investigating the options, however, can be daunting. Those seeking to help a loved one incapable of tending to his or her own self-care or matters often have questions about what kind of guardian is needed, what forms to fill out, what court makes guardianship decisions, and what kind of qualifications a guardian needs to have. A West Virginia guardianship lawyer knows the ins and outs, of course, but if you find yourself needing to investigate the options for caring for an adult in need of assistance, it is helpful for you to have a general understanding of adult guardianship and conservatorship, too. Continue reading below to find out more.