Thursday, July 9, 2015

Regular Reports

Meg has been appointed Wes’ guardian after his debilitating rock climbing accident by the court.  Now she has the ability to spend his money subject to guardian responsibilities.  She must provide for Wes’ care, comfort, education and maintenance. 

To ensure that she does that Meg is required to make periodic reports (usually once a year) to the probate court on Wes’ condition and her expenditures to provide care for him.  The court will review the accounting to be sure that her acts and decisions reflect Wes’ best interest.

If the judge is not convinced that a particular decision is in Wes’ best interest, the judge can enter an order preventing Meg from doing it or stopping her from continuing it. If Wes needed a paid live-in companion, for example, Meg would report that to the court and ask that her decision to hire someone be approved. 

In other words, Meg must come to a good decision on hard questions, and should be able to convince a judge that her decision was good and would not threaten or cause harm to Wes.

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