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The Who, What, Where, When and How of Guardianship/Conservatorship Evaluations

By Miles Hurley | July 11, 2023

Recently we presented a community webinar, “Navigating Resistance to Care with Strength & Compassion”. We discussed Guardianship/Conservatorship as a last resort when families face resistance from their loved ones. When applying for a Guardianship/Conservatorship an evaluation is required. How does the evaluation process work? Is a Guardianship Necessary? If an individual has lost sufficient functional…

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Alcohol & Substance Abuse: The Invisible Epidemic for Seniors

By Miles Hurley | May 17, 2022

Many of us picture the golden years as a time for travel, finding hobbies, and spending time with family and friends. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for many seniors. Substance abuse among older adults is often referred to as an ‘Invisible Epidemic’. Alcohol and prescription drug abuse among adults 60 and older is one of…

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General Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters

By Miles Hurley | January 25, 2022

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Conservatorship in depth

Conservatorship in depth

By Miles Hurley | July 27, 2021

Today we will conclude our story about Alan, Sandy, and Mary that we have shared with you over the past couple of weeks. We will go ahead and spoil the ending by telling you the family is in a much better situation and Alan’s health and finances are now addressed. Last week  we told you…

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Guardianship Mistakes: Failing to Plan

By Miles Hurley | March 19, 2020

The guardianship process is complex, expensive, and often humiliating to the older adult. Most times, guardianship is also avoidable.   Plan ahead to avoid guardianship.   Whenever possible, guardianship should be avoided. The most effective way to avoid guardianship is to plan ahead. Sine there is no guarantee that we will be of sound mind up…

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Working with a Professional Trustee

By Hurley Elder Care Law | May 30, 2018

It is news to many individuals that you can hire a professional to be the trustee or executor of their estate. Whether a will or trust is completed, everyone needs a representative to handle their estate after their death. For most individuals, this representative is a family member. If someone has no reliable family members…

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Understanding Guardianships: Annual Reporting

By Hurley Elder Care Law | March 28, 2018

After the probate court appoints a guardian over a ward, the court stays involved in the ward’s care to supervise the ward’s affairs and monitor the actions of the guardian. Guardians must provide regular reports, known as Personal Status Reports, to the court to keep them updated on the ward. This report must include the…

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Understanding Conservatorship: Protecting Loved Ones From Scammers

By Hurley Elder Care Law | March 21, 2018

“My dad has early stages of dementia. He hasn’t been diagnosed, but we’ve been noticing some major changes over the last year and a half. My mom just discovered that he’s been taking out thousands of dollars from their checking account. When asked about it, he says that he’s just helping a friend out and…

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Understanding Guardianships: Who is appointed as guardian?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | March 2, 2018

Once a judge has deemed a ward to be incompetent and has agreed that a guardianship should be in place, the judge has to appoint an appropriate guardian. There are some restrictions on who can be appointed as a guardian in Georgia. Only individuals (not organizations) can be guardians (unless the Guardian is the Georgia…

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Understanding Guardianships: What if there is no guardian available? Won’t DFCS be named as the guardian?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | February 15, 2018

We often hear from healthcare professionals and long-term care providers who are concerned about incapacitated individuals needing a guardian and having no family or friends available to help them. What happens when an adult can no longer make his/her own decisions but there is no one to step in and help them? This situation is…

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