Guardianships and conservatorships are options for parents, adult children, or loved ones who want to protect and support an incapacitated family member or friend. Guardianships and conservatorships are obtained through a court process known as a Protective Proceeding. Our attorneys are committed to guiding you through every step of the process so you can feel secure and confident about your loved one’s future.
Families often face difficult questions when a parent or loved one starts showing signs of diminished mental or physical capacity. As these questions arise, it’s important to understand your options for ensuring your loved one receives the support and protection they need. A guardianship allows the designated Guardian to provide physical care for a Protected Person or engage a professional to provide such care. A conservatorship gives the Conservator the ability to manage the Protected Person’s finances.
If your loved one is showing signs of incapacitation, you may initiate a Protective Proceeding to protect your loved one’s health or estate. Depending on the scope of the Protective Proceeding, the court will determine whether the incapacitated individual (“Protected Person”) is able to provide for their daily living needs and effectively manage their finances. Of course, the liberties of the Protected Person are a primary concern for all involved parties. We understand that this is a difficult process for the family, and we will support you during every phase of these proceedings.
Other than going through a Protective Proceeding, there may be other ways to manage your loved one’s care. For instance, we can help your loved one appoint a successor trustee to support their financial well-being. We can also designate powers of attorney to assist with asset management and health care decisions. Even if your loved one has not yet shown signs of incapacity, our attorneys can help you plan for such an event to ensure the smoothest transition possible. We encourage you to get in touch with us today to discuss your goals.