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How does my caregiver become my legal guardian?


Question: I have a lot of health and mental health problems so how does my caregiver become my legal caregiver and how much would she get paid?

Dr Amy: It sounds like you have more than enough on your plate. Struggling with physical and mental issues at the same time is a lot, so kudos to you for reaching out for help.

Rules governing the appointment of guardians vary from state to state, but many states have similar processes. To begin with, a court orders an investigation into the need for a guardian. A report is then written documenting the need and setting out options, and a decision is taken from there. It all starts with filing a petition with the probate court in your area. Compensation is set by the court.

There is a non-profit organization called the North Carolina Guardianship Association that can help you and your caregiver get started. I encourage you to read more. And here is a helpful Q&A that can give you more information.

Good luck!


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