When advanced age, illness, or injury deprives a person of the ability to safely manage financial affairs or personal care, a court can appoint a guardian (usually a loved one) to help manage it. A court-appointed guardian has the legal authority to act on behalf of the person in need. Guardianships may be complete or partial, temporary or permanent, and are tailored to suit individual needs.

At the law firm of Black and Associates, P.C., we have the experience to help you decide whether a guardianship is the most appropriate solution for your family, or whether another simple alternative may be available.

We can represent you in matters involving:

  • emergency guardianships
  • guardianships for adult special needs children
  • guardianship of minor children
  • guardianship of incapacitated or elderly adults

With our estate planning and Orphan’s Court experience, we can explain the guardianship process and assist you in obtaining or contesting a guardianship.


Although a will is necessary, it does not fully accomplish most people’s goals. If it is in your best interest, we will work with you to create additional documents, such as trusts, to define how money, investments, property and other assets are managed before and after your death, and who the beneficiaries could be.

Trusts offer a number of advantages, depending on the type of trust you write.

  • Irrevocable Trusts can accomplish tax savings, for instance.
  • Revocable Trusts are able to be changed while you are still living.
  • Special or Supplemental Needs Trusts can preserve assets for the care of a disabled dependent.

Trusts are not appropriate for all situations, however. Our attorneys can analyze your situation and evaluate your goals to see what is right for you.