How to talk to a loved one about a guardianship

| Jul 10, 2019 | Firm News

A guardianship for older adults can provide peace of mind for the whole family. A guardianship appoints a specific person (i.e., a guardian) who will make important decisions for another if the latter becomes incapacitated and cannot make decisions for himself or herself.

Discussing the idea of a guardianship can be difficult with your parent or another elderly loved one. Knowing how and when to broach the subject, however, could prevent more serious issues down the road.

Express why you believe a guardianship is necessary

The difficulty that comes with discussing guardianship is often that your parent may think you are planning for his or her inevitable incapacity. Nobody enjoys thinking about a time when he or she may need a guardianship, such as a dementia diagnosis. This can make broaching the subject difficult in your family. Express to your loved one that you are simply planning for all possible futures, and that you are doing it from a place of love and concern.

Explain how guardianship works

Your parent might not fully understand what a guardianship in Texas means. This can lead to confusion and fear about the process. A guardianship does not mean someone else will immediately take over important decisions such as property distribution or health care choices. Instead, it appoints a trusted individual to make these decisions in the future, and only if something happens to your parent to render him or her incapable of deciding alone.

Offer help with the legal process

Another hang-up seniors often have with guardianships is how to go about the process. Although guardianship is a legal designation, it does not have to mean struggling through a complex legal process. Help your loved one through the steps of obtaining a guardianship by connecting with an experienced attorney near you who can make setting up a guardianship as simple and stress-free as possible.