Reminger helps clients with all matters involving guardianships.  Our attorneys have experience in all facets of the guardianship process as well as less restrictive alternatives. 

  • Has your loved one become incapacitated or mentally impaired due to age, accident, or illness? 
  • Is someone manipulating your parent? 
  • Can your loved one no longer make rational medical decisions? 
  • Have assets been misplaced or improperly transferred or withdrawn from your loved one’s accounts? 
  • Is your loved one refusing to move from home to receive better care? 
  • Is someone preventing you from visiting or seeing your loved one? 

If you answer yes to any of these questions guardianship may be the solution.  We at Reminger are best suited to provide you legal advice and guide you through the process, whether the matter is litigated or handled on an amicable basis.    

Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience in guardianship law.  We are ready to zealously represent you as an applicant, a ward, a family member or interested party.   

Is there a difference between power of attorney and guardianship?

If a healthcare and/or durable power of attorney is established prior to a person becoming mentally incompetent, guardianship can most likely be avoided. Powers of attorney provide a mechanism for medical and financial decisions to be made on behalf of the incompetent person.  Provided that the attorney-in-fact is doing what is in the incompetent’s best interest, all is well.  If not, legal action can be taken to remove the power of attorney for improper care and/or self-dealing.  Always note, that a person with a power of attorney cannot place an incompetent person in a facility or home without that person’s consent.  Guardianship would be required.  

Once an individual is deemed incompetent and there is no power of attorney, the probate court may appoint a guardian for a person, an estate, or both. A guardian of the person handles health care and living decisions, whereas a guardian of the estate handles only finances. A guardian acts for an individual called a ward, and they can retain guardianship for that ward on a limited, temporary, emergency, or indefinite basis.  Yearly, accountings are required, and funds can only be expended for the ward’s benefit with probate court approval. 

Our lawyers zealously represent the ward, family members, or other interested parties in guardianship proceedings. These matters involve the appointment of a suitable person, guardianship administration, removal of guardians, and transfer of wards.

Ohio Guardianship Lawyers

Our guardianship lawyers have helped many families overcome their obstacles by identifying appropriate legal guardians to handle their legal affairs.  Our guardianship attorneys have decades of experience handling these types of legal matters, including representing applicants to serve as guardians, prospective wards in situations where guardianship is questionable, and family members who have an interest in the guardianship.  

Reminger’s guardianship lawyers can handle the administration of the guardianship estate, including assistance with investments and the payment of bills and living expenses for the ward in a professional manner. We find that family counseling and life/death assistance is typically part of the experience we provide throughout the guardianship. Depending on your situation, we can tailor our service to meet your personal needs. 

The lawyers in the guardianship group are frequent lecturers and participants at professional seminars given by national, state, and local bar associations in Ohio and elsewhere in the Midwest. We are able to offer our services based upon many different fee arrangements as well as the traditional hourly rate fee structure. 

Guardianship Disputes

Unfortunately, the person appointed guardian may not have your loved one's best interests at heart. Instead, they may give priority to their own interests. They could even use their position for their own financial gain.

If you suspect that a guardian is abusing their power, we have a strong background guiding clients through the legal process of terminating guardianships. We also vigorously protect guardians facing false allegations.

Honors & Recognitions

Our Trusts & Estates Law Practice Group was ranked as Metropolitan Cleveland Tier 1 for 2024 by Best Lawyers®




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