Question of the Day: "I have Power of Attorney for my elderly mother's affairs, but as she becomes increasingly mentally unreliable, what are the pros and cons of becoming her guardian? She lives in WV; I live in another state."

Answer:  Thanks for your question. Guardianships are very expensive, time consuming, and supervised by the courts.

The advantage of having a valid power of attorney is that you have the power to act quickly without court involvement.

The court system in Florida (where I practice) will not usually allow a guardianship when estate documents have been prepared to avoid being declared incompetent.

To locate experts in your state who can help you with this elder care matter, go to:

Joseph F. Pippen, Jr., Attorney at Law
Law Office of Joseph F. Pippen, Jr. & Associates

Largo, Florida  33771

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