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Guardianship of a Person/Estate

JFCS’s responsibilities as guardian of a person include making daily decisions about their personal affairs, always with the idea of protecting their autonomy, independence, and rights. In exercising duties as guardian of an estate, JFCS manages a ward’s financial responsibilities and assets exclusively for the benefit of that individual.

JFCS’s responsibilities as guardian of a person include developing, coordinating and monitoring necessary professional services, such as determining and monitoring residential care, consenting to and monitoring medical care and non-medical services such as education, training, social/wellness opportunities and counseling, and in some cases, making end-of-life decisions.

How We Help

Experienced JFCS guardianship caseworkers act as surrogate decision makers, providing in-depth knowledge of community resources and skill at advocacy and service coordination, as well as access to the multiple other services of JFCS, including care coordination, caregiver services, clinical services, food pantry services and more. Annually, JFCS reports to the court on the ward’s situation and the social, medical, psychological and other support services they are receiving. Additional oversight is provided by the county and state for individuals in the public guardianship program.

JFCS guardianship caseworkers serve a diverse population and are sensitive to all religious and cultural practices. The JFCS Guardianship program follows all standards set forth by the National Guardianship Association, State, and County guidelines.

CONTACT US TODAY
Nicole Iole, Director | 412-422-7200 | niole@jfcspgh.org

JFCS’s responsibilities as guardian of estate include managing financial resources and affairs such as bill paying, insurance, continuation of a business, money/investment management and working with social security to ensure benefits. The ward’s estate is managed exclusively for their benefit.

How We Help

Acting as surrogate decision makers, and always with the ward’s best interest in mind, JFCS’s experienced guardianship caseworkers will work with investment managers, estate lawyers or other professionals already in place, or will bring in appropriate financial professionals for estates with require substantial financial/investment expertise. Annually, JFCS reports to the court on the ward’s financial situation, including current income, principal and investments, expenditures since the last report and needs provided for since the last report. Additional oversight is provided by the county and state for individuals in the public guardianship program.

JFCS guardianship caseworkers serve a diverse population and are sensitive to all religious and cultural practices. The JFCS Guardianship program follows all standards set forth by the National Guardianship Association, State, and County guidelines.

CONTACT US TODAY
Nicole Iole, Director | 412-422-7200 | niole@jfcspgh.org