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Who would be the best guardian for a child?

For some Iowa families, the choice of a guardian might seem relatively clear. A godmother, uncle, parent or other trusted individual might seem like the perfect person to take care of your child should you become unable to do so. However, you might not be considering every angle of the issue.

Facts to know about guardianships for disabled children

Parents have enough reason to worry about their children entering the adult world at 18, but for Iowa parents with disabled children, such worries are multiplied substantially. Some parents wonder if they should place their child under an appointed guardianship. But at the same time, they do not want to stifle their child’s independence. There is, however, more leeway in a guardianship than many people may know, which can help parents with their specific wishes for their child.

Making sure you have the right guardianship

When a person becomes disabled or is chronically infirm due to old age or some other malady and can no longer properly care for him or herself, that person might end up placed in the care of a guardian if they cannot be cared for by a relative. However, many of us don’t think of this as a possibility for ourselves. It always happens to “other people.” But what if, sometime in the future, you are hurt or disabled and are placed in the care of an Iowa guardianship? Will it be someone that you would want to make decisions for you?

What are the powers of a guardian?

If you have been appointed as someone's guardian or are going to become a guardian, then it is a good idea to prepare yourself by learning about your duties and powers in this position. You are taking on a serious responsibility for the care of another person. An Iowa court has appointed you as a person of power over someone else's life, which is a very important duty. 

What does guardianship mean?

If you have a loved one who is unable to make decisions for his or herself due to being underage or otherwise not having the capacity to do so, then you might want to consider a guardianship. In Iowa, according to the Iowa Governor's Developmental Disabilities Council, having guardianship over someone means you get to make the decisions for that person in regards to important issues, such as medical care. 

Is guardianship needed for an Alzheimer's patient?

If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in Iowa, you may be concerned about the future. This disease is difficult to predict except for the guarantee that everyone who has it will get worse over time. There is no cure and medications may not always work to slow the progress of the disease. At the same time, if your loved one is in relatively good health, the chances are pretty good he or she will live quite a long time with the disease, which means eventually, you will need to step in and manage his or her care.

How do I choose a guardian for my child?

If you are creating an estate plan and have minor children, one of your concerns will be creating a guardianship for your children. A guardian, according to Parenting, is the person who will take custody of your children in the event of your death. When you have children, it is essential to choose a guardian as soon as possible so there is not trouble if you were to pass away. Having it legalized can minimize many issues and ensure your child has the smoothest possible transition after such a devastating situation.

What is the difference between irrevocable and revocable trusts?

If you are creating estate plans in Iowa, you may be looking into a trust. There are two types of trusts to consider: irrevocable and revocable. According to US News & World Report, weighing your options between the two is important because both types of trusts offer different benefits and have their own drawbacks.

Guardianship for adults with Down Syndrome

Guardianship is often appointed when a person is unable to properly care for themselves in Iowa due to being under the legal age or having a disability of some kind. Generally, it is designed to protect the person and not restrict his or her life. When it comes to those with Down Syndrome, it can often be difficult for parents to determine if guardianship is appropriate.

What you should know about guardianships

When people are unable to make important decisions regarding their finances, safety or medical treatment, they may need an appointed guardian to make decisions on their behalf. People who suffer from a mental illness, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s, dementia or were born with a developmental disability may need a guardianship. Whether you are in need of a guardian or you wish to obtain a guardianship over another person, there are some things you should know about the process of establishing a guardianship in Iowa.

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