Representation in Ohio Guardianship Proceedings

A guardian is appointed by the Probate Court when a person is no longer able to care for or protect themselves. The court appointed guardian then oversees the legal and financial affairs of the individual. Elderly relatives, a person with a severe physical or mental disability or a minor may be in need of the protection a guardian provides. If you are concerned about a loved one’s ability to manage their personal or financial affairs on their own, contact Attorney Thomas Taneff to review your options. As a Former Probate Court Magistrate Mr. Taneff regularly heard guardianship matters and can now guide you through your alternatives.

When A Caretaker Needs To be Appointed

To Act in The Best Interest of Those Who Can No Longer Protect Themselves

  • To care for elders. If an elderly relative is no longer able to manage their personal and financial affairs and is not competent to sign a power of attorney, you will need to be appointed their guardian is order to place them in a nursing home or even just pay their bills.
  • To care for a disabled child. If your child is disabled you need to be named their guardian in order to make decisions for your child.
  • To manage money for minor children. If your child inherits money or receives money from a life insurance policy or lawsuit you must be appointed as their guardian to manage the funds until they are 18 years old.

When there is a concern with the Guardian and/or if you wish to contest guardianship

What to do if you believe a Guardian is mismanaging funds, concealing assets or breaching their fiduciary duty.

The duties of a guardian will often include managing the ward’s finances or estate. Failure to manage the estate properly can be a breach of fiduciary duty. In addition, the guardian can be liable for any money that is misspent or any assets that are unaccounted for. Attorney Thomas Taneff can help families contest applications for guardianships, or file breach of fiduciary duty claims against a guardian that you suspect may have mismanaged or stolen funds. If you believe someone is trying to wrongfully seize assets from someone you love, or mismanaging their money you need an attorney to look out for your interests. Thomas Taneff is experienced in litigation stemming from all aspects of guardianship law. Contact Thomas Taneff Co., LPA. to answer your guardianship questions today.

Our law firm serves clients throughout the state of Ohio, specifically the Columbus metro area, including Dublin, Worthington, Westerville, New Albany, Gahanna, Reynoldsburg, Pickerington, Canal Winchester, Grove City, Hilliard, and Upper Arlington, as well as Franklin County, Delaware County, Knox County, Licking County, Fairfield County, Pickaway County, Madison County, and Union County in probate and estate administration. In adoption law matters we serve the entire State of Ohio. If you are in need of an experienced Probate Attorney in a Guardianship matter in the Columbus, Ohio area, call us today: (614) 241-2181.

There Are Different Types of Guardianships:

Ohio law allows for a number of different types of guardianships.

  • A Guardian of the Person is appointed to protect and have physical custody of a ward and provide for their daily needs, paid from the ward’s assets.
  • A Guardian of the Estate is appointed to manage the property and financial assets of the ward for the ward’s best interests.
  • A Limited Guardian is a guardian whose powers are specifically limited by the probate court.
  • An Interim Guardian is appointed after a former guardian is temporarily or permanently removed or has resigned.
  • An Emergency Guardian is appointed by the Probate Court without a formal hearing and is necessary to prevent immediate injury to the person or estate of the ward.
  • A Conservator is a person appointed by the Probate Court at the request of a mentally competent adult who is physically unable to manage certain aspects of his or her life.

Each type of guardian has certain obligations or liability. Hiring a lawyer knowledgeable in this field is critical. Thomas Taneff has more than 20 years experience helping people through the guardianship process and is highly experienced in all aspects of guardianship litigation. Contact Thomas Taneff Co., LPA. to discuss your individual needs with him.

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