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Guardianship Proceedings

If you are in the early stages of dementia, Alzheimer’s or other debilitating and degenerative disease, you should act quickly to make a comprehensive estate plan, including execution of a durable power of attorney, health care proxy and living will (if you don’t already have one). Early-stage dementia/Alzheimer’s patients most likely still have capacity to make these important, financial- and health-related decisions. If you do not have these arrangements in place, and your disease progresses to the point where you are, or are becoming, incapacitated, you may be subject to a guardianship proceeding in a New York court.

What is a guardian and what does one do?

How does a guardianship proceeding work?

Under what circumstances will a court find incapacity and appoint a guardian for an adult?

Who will the guardian be?

Someone I know may need to have a guardian appointed or is the subject of a guardianship petition:

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