Queens is the easternmost of five boroughs in New York City. It is located adjacent to Brooklyn, and both JFK International Airport and La Guardia are located there. Of the five boroughs it has the most diverse economy. If you are concerned about getting a guardianship or fighting off a guardianship in Queens, you may have a lot of questions about mental incapacity or other issues. Jules Haas is an experienced Queens guardianship attorney who may be able to help you understand your legal rights and options.Queens Guardianships
In a Queens guardianship, somebody is empowered by the court to make decisions for a ward, or someone who is unable to make these decisions on his or her own. Only those who are at least 18-years-old and a citizen or legal resident of the country can apply to be a guardian, and a judge makes a final determination about whether someone can or cannot be a guardian.
Both children and adults who are incapacitated or who have psychiatric or developmental disabilities may be wards for purposes of guardianships in Queens. For example, a child whose parents have passed away may be the ward in a guardianship. For another example, if your father has severe bipolar disorder and suffers from psychosis and cannot manage his affairs, it may be appropriate to seek a guardianship for him. A knowledgeable guardianship lawyer in Queens can help you determine whether a guardianship may be called for in your situation.Article 81 Guardianships
An Article 81 guardianship may be appropriate for an adult who is incapacitated by old age or due to illness or injury. Article 81 guardianships are supposed to provide the least restrictive form of intervention to someone with functional incapacities that still allows them to use the self-determination and independence of which they're capable. Generally, this type of guardianship provides a certain level of flexibility, whereas an Article 17A guardianship requires a less intricate determination.
The judge can tailor the scope of the guardianship with the help of an appointed court evaluator. The court evaluator can look closely at the disabled or incapacitated person's life and determine to what extent a guardianship is needed. There are some people who are so incapacitated that they need help with every aspect of their lives. However, there are others who simply need help with their financial affairs. The court holds a hearing to determine the scope of the Article 81 guardianship.
The court must be petitioned for an Article 81 guardianship proceeding to take place, and a skilled Queens guardianship attorney can help you with this. The Guardianship Petition contains important information regarding the assets and circumstances of the alleged incapacitated person. The investigator or evaluator is appointed by the court after the petition is filed. Sometimes the incapacitated person will have a lawyer appointed for them. A petitioner will need to provide clear and convincing evidence at a hearing that a proposed ward can't handle certain elements of managing his own finances or daily affairs. The court will examine the extent to which a person can handle his activities of daily living. If the proposed ward or somebody else opposes, they will also have an opportunity to present their case to the court.Responsibilities of the Article 81 Guardian
An Article 81 guardian will have specific duties and obligations toward the incapacitated person. They need to have duties explained to them and file a first report with the court. After the initial report, they will need to file a report on an annual basis.Article 17 Guardianships
If a minor needs a legal guardian, an Article 17 guardianship will need to be filed in the Surrogate's Court. For example, if the minor's parents die in a plane crash, it may be necessary to appoint a guardian to take care of the minor and also manage any property left by the parents. Usually, Article 17 guardianships are broad, providing a guardian with the right to make any parental decisions. The guardian may have the minor live with him or her.Consult an Experienced Guardianship Attorney in Queens
For over 35 years, lawyer Jules Haas has worked with clients, assisting them in seeking or fighting against the imposition of guardianships. He's an experienced attorney who is tenacious and thorough, and who earns client satisfaction. If you have questions about a guardianship in Queens, contact us at (212) 355-2575 or through our online form.