The Guardianship Unit also has attorneys who serve as court evaluator when asked to do so by the court. We will provide legal representation to people who are contesting a guardianship proceeding; however, we do not assist people who are seeking to become guardian over another individual. Our Guardian Department is not supported by governmental funding and therefore, our ability to take cases is dependent upon the fees that we charge to the disabled individuals who utilize these services. We only handle appointments from the court for individuals age sixty and older, residing in Erie County and we do not petition for guardianship. Family members who wish to petition for guardianship for a loved one whom they fear is in danger, should call the Erie County Department of Protective Services for Adults (858- 6877). Alternatively, they can call a private attorney.
Most of the people we serve are in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. However, upon being appointed guardian, we do an assessment to determine whether the person is able to live in the community. It is our goal to ensure that the people we serve are in the appropriate placement, depending on their needs, desires, and functional abilities.
No. Our office does not help people become guardian of other individuals. We only serve as guardian when appointed by the court or represent people in defense of a guardianship proceeding. You can contact an attorney from the private bar to assist you with determining your options.
Yes, our office provides representation for persons who are the subject of a Guardianship proceeding. You can contact our general intake line at 716-853-3087 so that we may intake your case.