Guardianship & conservatorship

  

Many clients that come to us are the son, daughter, sibling, niece, nephew or other relative of an individual in need of protection.  They tell us that they see signs that a loved one is no longer able to properly care for himself or herself nor can he or she manage his or her affairs.


In these situations, court proceedings known as guardianship and conservatorship are often needed.  A guardian decides where an incapacitated person lives, makes medical decisions on his or her behalf and controls personal belongings.  A conservator manages the person’s financial assets.


If you have a family member who can no live safely and independently, it's important to take protective action. The are many court filings and specific court procedure that must be followed. We work closely with family members to ensure that the proper information is gathered to thoroughly prepare the detailed paperwork required by law.


In addition to helping families protect elderly individuals, we also help parents of disabled children who are about to reach the age of majority.  Once a child turns 18, parents can no longer obtain necessary medical information about their child due to increasingly strict HIPAA laws.  By establishing a guardianship, parents can retain the control they need over their disabled children so they can continue to actively participate in their medical care, day-to-day care and other decision-making.