If you do not have a disability plan in place and you become mentally incapacitated, you will have a court-appointed guardian to make decisions for you and handle your finances and medical care. So, what exactly does a guardian do?
Your guardian will have access to your financial accounts, personal property and real estate. He or she may use your property to collect rents or even to sell and provide funds for your care.
He or she may also use your financial assets as investments. This could provide a much needed form of income to cover your long term care expenses.
Your guardian will be responsible for using your financial and physical assets to pay your bills. This may include your taxes, medical expenses and daily living costs.
Manage Medical Care
During your mental incapacity your guardian will ensure you have regular doctor visits to monitor your health as well as easy access to emergency care if needed. He or she will speak with your doctors and make medical decisions for you.
Manage Daily Needs
Whether you reside in a nursing home, group home or with your guardian, your daily care needs must be constantly monitored. Your caregiver will make arrangements if you need assistance with any daily activities.
Follow Legal Procedures
During your guardianship, your guardian must maintain contact with an attorney and with a court of law. Each year your caregiver will provide a statement as to your continued disability, your financial affairs and the state of your property. He or she must provide an accounting of all income and disbursements to the court, either quarterly or annually, depending on the court’s order. If at any time your guardian makes a major decision for your estate, such as selling a personal residence, he or she may be required to petition the court.
This constant legal supervision will ensure that your guardian is providing for your needs and is using your assets for your benefit only.
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