When people make out their wills, they often don't think about the possibility that an injury or illness will leave them incapacitated and unable to make their own financial or medical decisions.
When a beloved relative's health and mental functioning are seemingly in decline, it's only natural for relatives to want to step in and protect him or her from abuses.
When you cherish your mom or dad, it's hard to see him or her gradually decline due to age-related dementia. After all, this is the person who taught you how to use a spoon, ushered you through the terrible tweens and helped you get started in life.
If you've recently taken on the job of being your someone's legal guardian, you're now responsible for helping that person out with his or her personal affairs. You've also probably been handed a stack of forms and instructions on how to keep the right records and make the right filings.