If a person cannot obtain Power of Attorney over a relative that needs help because the person cannot be made to understand POA properly due to dementia, is the only option to file a Guardianship? If so, what is that process? Must one do this through a lawyer and what are the approximate costs and how long does the process usually take? How does this work if one lives in another state since I understand that a Guardian must, generally, report to the Court? Must they always appear in person and how extensive are a Guardian's duties? If the closest able relative lives in another state would the court still be likely to appoint that person?