I practiced law in the Boston area for over 20 years before moving to Virginia in... more
I practiced law in the Boston area for over 20 years before moving to Virginia in 1999 to help care for my parents, so I have experienced many of the challenges my clients and their loved ones address in the estate planning process. For that reason, I can speak from personal experience when I counsel clients about the benefits of estate planning, and the difference good planning and sound docum... view profile
Carolyn White is managing partner at White McCarthy, where her practice focuses on... more
Carolyn White is managing partner at White McCarthy, where her practice focuses on estate planning, long-term care planning, probate and elder law. She is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court to serve as guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults, and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. An AV-rated attorney, she is a past president of both the Richmond Bar Associat... 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.