Shannon L. Hammond is the founding member of Hammond Law, LLC. She is also an... more
Shannon L. Hammond is the founding member of Hammond Law, LLC. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at McDaniel College. Shannon is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorne... view profile
When a person is too young to make decisions or is incapacitated and can no longer care for their own interests, guardian law allows the court to appoint someone to make legal and welfare decisions for them. A legal guardian may be appointed as a limited decision-maker or an all-purpose decision-maker. For example, children whose parents are divorcing often have limited legal guardians help decide custody issues. Nursing home residents may need a general legal guardian to make all their welfare decisions for them. Guardianship lawyers advise you about the appropriate legal guardianship for your particular circumstances. They also help with guardianship forms and other legal paperwork, and represent the guardian once one is appointed.