O'CONNOR & RIVARD ATTORNEYS PC Kathleen E. O'Connor Brenda M. Rivard
“Advising You and Your Family Through All Life’s Transitions”

We assist clients with obtaining guardianships in the Probate Court in the unfortunate circumstance where an individual becomes mentally incompetent and has not appointed someone under a health care proxy to make his or her health care decisions.  It is also necessary sometimes to obtain a guardianship when someone does have a valid health care proxy in place, but he or she refuses to be admitted to a nursing home or refuses to take his or her medication.  In these instances it may be necessary to petition the court to have a guardian appointed and to request specific authority to admit the incapacitated person to a nursing home or to obtain Roger's authority to allow the individual's doctor to prescribe antipsychotic medications.  

It is important to be aware that a guardianship may not be necessary if the individual still has sufficient capacity to understand the ramifications of signing legal documents, such as a health care proxy.  This is something we can determine after meeting with the individual and discussions with his or her doctor, if necessary.   

668 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602 Phone: (508) 756-9229 Fax: (508) 754-6407
HomeOur FirmContact UsLife/Estate Planning QuestionnaireDirectionsInformational MaterialsPodcasts of "Life's Transitions" Radio Show