Visitors Are Important Because...
Guardianships have the ability to take complete control away from a ward, or
potential vulnerable adult or incapacitated person over his or her life decisions. As a
Visitor, my sole concern is the individual over whom guardianship is sought. I assist in
protecting individuals from unnecessary guardianships when they still possess the
ability to care for themselves, and where guardianship is required, that individuals
appointed to make life decisions only have the ward’s best interests at heart.
Visitors Are Needed...
During initial guardianship proceedings, when further investigation is needed during
a guardianship, when termination of a guardianship is appropriate, or removal or
appointment of a successor guardian is necessary.
Visitors Are Responsible for...
Visiting and observing the ward, or potential ward in his or her residence to assure it
is a safe environment, and to ascertain whether his or her needs are being met or if
additional care is required.
Interviewing the ward, or potential ward and individuals providing his or her care to
understand the wishes of the ward, or potential ward to terminate or proceed with
Investigating allegations and conditions to determine whether guardianship is
Consulting with the Guardian ad Litem and attorney for the ward, or potential
ward to choose a path that serves their client’s best interests.
Communicating to the Court the preference of the ward, or potential ward for
appointment of a particular Guardian.
Preparing reports to assist the Probate Court in deciding whether appointment of a
guardian is necessary to safeguard the best interests of the ward, or potential ward.
To confidentially discuss visitor services, please see the Contact page to reach Rachel by phone or email.