Guardianship, as some readers know, is the legal process by which an individual is appointed by a court to make personal decisions on behalf of a protected person who cannot legally make those decisions for himself or herself. Guardianship is not an ideal process to go through, and is often remedial in nature, meaning that it is used when better alternatives are not available.
A Medina woman whose husband was placed in a guardianship understands this well. Her 78-year-old husband, who suffers with Alzheimer’s disease, was placed was placed in a guardianship in 2011 when it was determined that he was incompetent to make his own financial and medical decisions. The attorney who was initially appointed as guardian withdrew from the guardianship in 2012, at which point a new attorney took on the role. With the new attorney, the woman says, she began to have concerns about the process.