Guardianship and Conservatorship
In many cases, clients come to us with respect to incapacitated family who have not planned for incapacity, but need personal care and management of their assets. Guardianships and Conservatorships are methods of appointing a legal substitute decision-maker for a minor or incapacitated person. A guardian is a person charged with the power and duty of taking care of the person and managing the property and rights of a minor or incapacitated person. A conservator is a person charged with the power and duty of managing the estate, assets, and property of an incapacitated person. Creating a Guardianship or Conservatorship is a court process similar to a probate and requires experience to navigate the judicial process.
Our attorneys represent individual, as well as professional guardians and conservators, in establishing guardianships and conservatorships, providing advice and counsel to the appointed guardian or conservator, assisting in filing annual reports and accountings with the court, petitioning for the removal of a guardian or conservator, and petitioning for the appointment of a successor guardian or conservator, among other things. In addition to assisting family members in establishing a guardianship or conservatorship for a loved one, we also provide support and assistance for those serving as individual or professional guardians and conservators, as well as those opposing the appointment of a guardian or conservator.