The aim of guardianship is to better the life of individuals who would otherwise be unable to take care of their basic needs. A natural consequence of guardianship is a sense of meaning and fulfillment in the life of the guardian. We feel privileged to be the law firm that makes that experience a reality.
Individuals who require guardians are often the most vulnerable elements of society. Older adults, who have done well their entire lives, but are no longer able to take care of themselves. The mentally retarded or developmentally disabled. The mentally ill. Injury victims. Each has a life story, and their cases are to be treated with extreme sensitivity and care.
New York guardianships are designed to allow the ward as much personal freedom as possible. The courts accomplish this by “narrowly tailoring” the powers of a guardian. Guardians are given only the powers necessary to meet the needs of the ward. For example, a particular ward may have difficulties paying bills, but may be able to manage personal hygiene.
This website contains basic information about New York guardianship law. Those involved in a guardianship proceeding soon discover that basic information is never enough. If you find yourself in that situation, we highly recommend that you obtain the services of a qualified attorney experienced in New York guardianship proceedings.