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Hackensack Guardianship Lawyers

New Jersey Legal Guardian Lawyers

The guardian of a person is responsible for everything, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At Greenberg & Lanz, our lawyers have been appointed by the Court as guardian of the person and property and have also been retained privately on numerous occasions to fulfill similar functions (often in conjunction with a power of attorney and/or living will). Having a responsive, experienced, trusted and caring guardian seeing to the affairs of your loved one can put your mind at ease during this stressful time.

To learn how we can assist with the care of your family member, call 201-487-7755 or contact us online today.

Who We Help

Individuals who often need a guardian of the person include older persons who are mentally incapacitated as a result of:

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Mini-strokes
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Physical disabilities

Some of these persons remain in their homes with live-in, 24 hour care, or part-time care. Others live in facilities which include nursing homes, assisted living, short term sub-acute and/or rehabilitation facilities, group homes, boarding homes or with other family members.

Mr. Greenberg has been appointed by the Court as a special medical guardian for people who have no one to make decisions for them and are unable to do so themselves. They may have Alzheimer's disease, or be developmentally disabled. He has served as guardian for people living in group homes and those who require more services.

How We Help

As guardian or attorney-in-fact for an incapacitated person, our experienced Hackensack guardianship attorneys become very hands-on in order to develop a complete picture of the person. By getting to know them, having frequent contact and obtaining their input (in instances when this is possible), we are able to really understand the person's history to aid in decision making. We deal with issues concerning:

  • Living arrangements
  • Medical care
  • At home care
  • Finances
  • Real and personal property

In particular, we assist or take the lead in assembling, leading and managing the care team. This can include licensed home health aides, nurses, doctors, social workers/care managers, hospice professionals, physical and other therapists. We work with financial advisers to invest whatever financial resources may exist. We can also provide bookkeeping services when appropriate and can represent you and your loved ones in guardianship litigation if needed.

Representative Examples of Our Work

  • Mr. Greenberg serves as Court appointed Guardian for an elderly woman with no close relatives who is mentally incapacitated and suffers from dementia. She lives in her own single family residence with 24 hour live in assistance for which Mr. Greenberg is responsible, along with responsibility for managing her very substantial assets. We are proud of the care provided for her as well as the effective management of her assets without deterioration during a period when other managers suffered severe losses due to economic conditions. Her late husband's final illness lasted almost one (1) year, during much of which time he was also mentally incapacitated. During that time he had a number of surgeries and required, at various times, care in hospitals, nursing homes, subacute and rehabilitation facilities. He also received care at home, including hospice care, for substantial periods of time. We assembled and were in charge of the care teams including aides, nurses, social workers/care managers and doctors.
  • For a number of years, Mr. Greenberg served as Court-appointed Guardian for an older woman who was mentally incapacitated and suffered from rather mild dementia. Mr. Greenberg arranged for her to live in a home-like facility in the community so that she could come and go to senior centers and other agreed activities on a schedule set up by Mr. Greenberg. Supervision of this type of Guardianship also requires special knowledge.
  • For approximately 15 years Mr. Greenberg advised an elderly client on her various life choices, care and economic matters as her physical condition, unfortunately, steadily deteriorated. Eventually, Mr. Greenberg was responsible for formulating and supervising her care plan and for her moves to assisted living and eventually a nursing home. Mr. Greenberg was also responsible for managing her considerable assets and ultimately for selling her home and liquidating her valuable art and jewelry.
  • In another instance the relatively young spouse of a very wealthy older gentleman was suffering from advanced dementia. The older gentleman applied to the Court to be appointed Guardian and to engage in sophisticated estate planning on behalf of his ill spouse. Mr. Greenberg was appointed by the Court to review the proposed estate plan and to report to the Court as to whether the interests of the ill spouse were being properly protected and whether sufficient funds would be available for her future care.

Discover How We Can Help You and Your Family

At Greenberg & Lanz, we understand the stress families are under when a loved one becomes in need of a guardian. At times like this, experience counts. You need a compassionate and dedicated attorney you can trust. To discover how we can help you, speak with our Hackensack business law, litigation, life planning, estate planning, probate and estate administration lawyers. Call us at 201-487-7755 or contact us online today.