Advocacy Programs of Family Service Association of Sheboygan, Inc. is a community-based nonprofit organization. We have been certified by the State of Wisconsin since 1990 as certified corporate guardians for adults in need of guardianship services. We also provide representative payee services for individuals who need assistance in handling their personal financial affairs.
We are recognized by both Social Security and the Veterans Administration to help individuals who are required to have a representative payee to manage their monthly income and pay their bills. Annual accountings are required by both agencies. Payee services are also offered on a voluntary basis and can include managing other sources of income.
We currently serve clients throughout the State of Wisconsin as Guardian of Person and Guardian of Estate.
We can act as a conservator for individuals who no longer wish to handle their own financial affairs or their estate. This program requires a Circuit Court appointment and an annual accounting to the court.
We are available to serve as Special Administrator or Personal Representative of estates.
We can also serve as fiduciary to protect Veterans or other beneficiaries who due to injury, disease or due to age are unable to manage their financial affairs.
Charges for services are approved by the Circuit Court, the Social Security Administration, the Veterans Administration, local county human service department or other care providers/contracted services. In some cases, fees can be billed to other agencies.
Well, there are a couple of ways you can start the process. You can contact your local ADRC (Aging & Disability Research Center) and they can offer you some support that they have and also, they can help to start the process. The other way would be to contact an attorney. They will help to create the petition and help with the appointment of a psychiatrist or doctor to meet with the person to see if they are really incompetent.