Elder Law, Guardianship and Incompetency
We do not live in a perfect world. It seems that almost daily we read in the paper that an elderly person is scammed out of their life savings. We hear of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly people at the hands of their caregivers, and unfortunately, family members. Many times the perpetrator is someone who has the responsibility of being power of attorney for the elderly person. Many times, a guardian is needed to protect the rights of the exploited individual. A guardian would has the authority to revoke a power of attorney that is not being used in the elderly person's best interests. A guardian also has the power to get an abused or neglected individual out of their unhealthy environment. A guardian protects elderly adults entrusted to his care.
What should you do when you suspect your loved one is being financially exploited, abused, or neglected? State law may require that you file a report with Adult Protective Services in your county. After you call them, call us for help.
We can also assist you in preparing a durable or specific Power of Attorney that can help you avoid the need to have a guardian appointed. A Power of Attorney allows you to select someone to make important decisions for you while you are still alive. You should only choose someone you trust implicitly if you are going to utilize them in a fiduciary capacity. A Power of Attorney can be the most important legal document you have.
Call Attorney Mark Gott at (704) 377-5050 for help with adult exploitation, incompetency matters, guardianships or powers of attorney.