Guardianship Litigation

Most of the time, finding a guardian for someone who needs one is a simple procedure. But related contentious disputes may impede that process. Sometimes the proposed ward, the individual who requires a guardian, opposes the need for a guardianship because they do not want one. Other times, someone opposes the need for a guardianship, frequently claiming that the intended ward is capable of taking care of herself or himself or that a different arrangement would be more appropriate.

Who should act as the guardian also sparks disagreements. For instance, a proposed ward’s wife may intervene and make the case that she would be a better choice as a guardian than the proposed ward’s child.

In general, a guardian’s acts must be approved by the court that appointed them. As a result, guardians must apply to the court and ask for authorization before doing something. These applications are frequently challenged, and the lawyers at ShuffieldLowman can help.

Furthermore, although a guardian’s actions may be closely monitored by the court and subject to stringent examination, lawsuits that criticize the guardian’s conduct are still common. Our Guardianship Litigation attorneys have advocated for both “sides” in these conflicts.

Guardianship Litigation Attorneys

 Nicole R. Copsidas
Nicole R. Copsidas Senior Associate Associate
 Stephanie L. Cook
Stephanie L. Cook Partner
 Alexander S. Douglas II
Alexander S. Douglas II Partner
 Lori N. Hagan
Lori N. Hagan Senior Counsel Associate
 Catherine P. Hanna
Catherine P. Hanna Senior Counsel Associate
 Keith J. Hesse
Keith J. Hesse Partner
 Paul T. Hinckley
Paul T. Hinckley Senior Counsel Associate
 Megan J. Nowicki
Megan J. Nowicki Associate
 Jennifer  Reed
Jennifer Reed Senior Associate Associate
 Robert Clayton Roesch
Robert Clayton Roesch Partner
 Lane E. Roesch
Lane E. Roesch Senior Counsel Associate
 John M. Vernaglia
John M. Vernaglia Associate
 Ryan J. Vescio
Ryan J. Vescio Senior Associate Associate
 Olivia  Walker
Olivia Walker Associate