Estate Planning, Probate & Guardianship
Areas of focus within estate planning, probate and guardianship.
Guardianship and Conservatorship
Our firm has experience protecting the interests of individuals who are unable to care for themselves. In many cases, a court-appointed guardian and conservator is needed in order to protect such individuals as a minor child or adult with mental and/or physical disabilities. In some cases, only a guardianship or a conservatorship may be needed. Below is a brief description of the responsibilities of a guardian and conservator:
- A court-appointed guardian is responsible for the care, control, and protection of the ward (person under guardianship), deciding where the ward will reside, and having the authority to consent to the ward’s medical treatment
- A court-appointed conservator of the estate provides for the management of all the ward’s personal and real property, assets, and income, although in some situations, the court may appoint a trustee to manage the ward’s financial affairs.
- A ward may be a minor child (under 18) or an adult unable to provide for his or her own care or make financial decisions.