If I Have Powers of Attorney Do I Need a Guardianship?

If you have powers of attorney in place regarding your financial and health care needs, you should not need a guardianship. Your agent(s) under the powers of attorney can seamlessly step into your shoes and make decisions for you in the event you become incapacitated. A guardianship, on the other hand, requires your loved ones to petition the court to have the power to make those decisions. You can avoid the need for guardianship by drawing up powers of attorney.