As the life expectancies increase, the younger generations are more often left to handle their parent’s matters. If a loved one has not had the appropriate documents executed that allow for decision-making power to be exercised by another, a request for guardianship may become necessary.  Suits for guardianship are a request for a court granting a person, often a trusted relative, the ability to handle the personal, medical, and business affairs of another.  Many people encounter this area of law as they try to take control of an aging relative’s affairs but may also be necessary earlier in life, if an unexpected event incapacitates a friend or family member.