When an individual is incapacitated -- because of physical or cognitive inability – probate courts may appoint a guardian to make decisions about such matters as health care and appropriate housing. The court may also appoint a conservator to handle financial matters.* Usually, the same person is named guardian and conservator. However, in some cases it may make sense to divide that responsibility among family members and other caregivers.
Making arrangements for guardianship/conservatorship is not just a “legal process.” More often it is an emotional experience for families trying to make the best decisions for their loved ones. With our extensive experience, we assist our clients in navigating the court’s often complex requirements by appearing at court hearings, addressing family conflicts and communicating with court personnel in an efficient and timely manner.
*Note: The cost, delay and public nature of guardianship/conservatorship actions are usually easily avoided with proper estate planning.