GUARDIANSHIPS & CONSERVATORSHIPS
Can't do the powers of attorney? Sometimes the only option is to ask the Court to appoint a Guardian (over the person's care) and/or a Conservator (over the person's income and assets).
This term describes the designation of a person by the Court to manage care and custody of a person who is incapacitated, suffering from a developmental disability or is a minor (under 18 years old). If a medical power of attorney is in place, and necessary tasks are being performed by the patient advocate, then a guardianship is not necessary.
This term describes the designation of a person by the Court to manage the income and assets of a person who needs assistance because of incapacity, disability, age, or who is a minor (under 18 years old). If a financial power of attorney or trust is in place, and necessary tasks are being performed by the person named to manage the affairs, then a conservatorship is not necessary.
How We Can Help
- We represent people who need to ask to become a guardian or conservator and help them through the court process
- We represent people who are the subject of a court petition, to exercise their rights to object to having a guardian or conservator appointed.
- We serve as a mediator if the family is having difficulty coming to an agreement.
- We represent people who are interested in a vulnerable person's care or finances if they believe that the person with the power of attorney is not following the law or acting in the best interest of the incapacitated person.