By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann, a Monmouth County, Freehold NJ Guardianship Attorney

One of the most important reasons to have a guardianship in place is to expedite medical treatment needed by the disabled person. Doctors and hospitals under certain conditions may refuse to perform non-emergency procedures on disabled patients without legally authorized consent. A guardian can provide legal consent to authorize a medical procedure.

Having a legal guardian appointed is also necessary in order to give consent on behalf of a person in situations regarding their well-being, such as consenting to treatment plans, consenting to the use of medications, acknowledging receipt of rules, regulations and rights, and signing various forms regarding benefits, procedures, etc. A guardianship which covers a person’s health and personal needs is known as a guardianship of the person, or a medical guardianship.

If the disabled person has any significant assets, a guardian will be needed to manage his or her finances unless the assets are in a trust.

Contact me personally today to discuss your New Jersey guardianship matter.  I am easy to talk to, very approachable and can offer you practical, legal ways to handle your concerns.  You can reach me toll free at (855) 376-5291 or e-mail me at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.