Devastated. That’s probably the best word to describe how someone feels when a loved one develops Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia, or experiences a sudden debilitating event such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury and is no longer able to manage his or her own affairs. Apart from the emotional stress, there are the issues relating to how that person’s financial, medical and legal affairs will be managed and the mechanism for doing so. When this happens, the only alternative you may have is to petition the court to become that person’s guardian. A guardianship may also be necessary in situations where the person has a developmental disability (and presumably was never competent) or serious mental illness that renders them unable and unfit to manage their own affairs. This is a complex area of law that is rapidly changing. Over the past 25 years, we have been involved in hundreds of guardianship cases and have experience in all facets of this area of law. So if a loved one you are caring for needs help managing their affairs or is vulnerable and at risk for being exploited – call us. . . we can help.