Rebecca Colmer Provides Advice to Caregivers About the Legal Issues of Guardianship

Chelsea, MI (PressExposure) July 31, 2009 -- The topic of discussion at a recent meeting with caregivers was guardianship. Rebecca Colmer, a caregiving professional, was the keynote speaker. She began the lecture by defining guardianship, “Guardianship is a legal process used to insure that a person who is unable to make decisions on their own has someone specifically assigned to make decisions on their behalf. The person for whom the guardian is appointed is known as the ward.”

Rebecca explained the responsibilities of a guardian, “The responsibilities may include providing for the care and comfort of the ward, clothing, furniture and transportation. A guardian secures services to help the ward return to self-care as soon as possible. In many cases, this is not possible; therefore, the guardian is responsible until the ward passes away.”

Someone in the group asked about the power of the guardian; Rebecca answered, “The court will tailor the power of the guardian to the demonstrated need of the ward. In some cases the court will allow the ward to control pard of his/her property to encourage self-reliance.

Also covered in the meeting were the rights of the ward. “A care-receiver, family member or any person interested in the welfare of the prospective can petition the court for a appointment of a guardian. If the care-receiver doesn’t approve they should consult an attorney. The court can only appoint a guardian after clear evidence is presented that the care-receiver is not capable of making informed decisions about his/her own care.”

Rebecca went into more detail about the care-receiver’s rights, “The ward has the right to object to the guardianship, the powers of the guardian and to the appointment of a particular person as guardian. The care-receiver can be present at the hearing and has the right to legal representation. They can present evidence on their own behalf, cross-examine witnesses and request a jury trial. The ward may request a new guardian or petition the court to end guardianship if they feel it is no longer necessary.”

Rebecca Colmer is a Certified Senior Advisor and creator of [] a service designed to help both the care giver and the care receiver. Rebecca recommends taking the time to consult with an attorney if you anticipate the need for guardianship for a loved one. Legal planning is important for both the care giver and the care receiver.

Contact: Rebecca Sharp Colmer PO Box 157 Chelsea, MI 48118 734-458-1098

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About MeAndMyCaregivers

Rebecca Sharp Colmer, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor [], as recognized by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. The national organization has trained over 14,000 professionals across the country. As an Elder Care Advocate she has taken the educational initiative to become a professional leader in meeting the key needs and vital issues concerning senior citizens.

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Press Release Submitted On: July 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm
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