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Guardianship of an estate is not necessary in every situation

Parents of adult children with a disability or adult children of an elderly parent may be concerned that their loved one is unable to handle their personal and financial affairs on their own. If a person is incapacitated, guardianship may be sought if no other alternative exists. New Jersey law recognizes two types of guardianship: guardian of the person and guardian of the estate. While the guardian of the person is responsible for care planning for the incapacitated person, the guardian of the estate is responsible for their financial affairs. Since guardianship in New Jersey is viewed as a last resort, it is important to understand when guardianship is not needed.

Don't wait until it's too late to address elder law issues

As a person ages, their mental and physical health eventually begin to wear down. Activities that may have been easy when a person is in their 50s or 60s may become more difficult once they reach their 80s or 90s. Therefore, it is important that people in New Jersey plan for their old age, so that their final wishes are met should they be unable to express these wishes on their own due to mental or physical incapacity.

Did your loved one have legal capacity to execute a care plan?

Estate planning is important for anyone in New Jersey of any age. However, for those who have Alzheimer's disease or dementia, it is important to begin estate planning as soon as possible, so they can advocate for themselves before their disease makes it impossible to make decisions.

How can New Jersey residents plan for end-of-life care?

Many people in New Jersey have opinions about what type of end-of-life care they'd like to receive. It is not always a pleasant topic to contemplate but it is one a person may feel strongly about. They can take steps to ensure their wishes are followed with regards to medical care if they are near death. This can be accomplished through the execution of a living will and an advanced medical directive.

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