Guardianship & Conservatorship
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Protecting the Vulnerable
Understanding the purpose and protection available through a guardianship or conservatorship is important when facing decisions related to the well-being of loved ones who may be unable to make decisions independently or manage their financial affairs. These proceedings may not be necessary if the vulnerable person has a good set of disability documents, including an up-to-date legal power of attorney and health care directives. Many vulnerable people do not have these documents, or there are difficulties with the persons appointed as attorney in fact under such documents. Wool Landon’s experienced team of attorneys is here to guide you through the complexities of guardianships and conservatorships to help you make informed decisions for the care of your loved one.
Compassionate Personalized Approach
We understand the emotional challenges that come with these legal processes. Our team approaches every case with empathy and sensitivity. Wool Landon attorneys are well-versed in the nuances of guardianships and conservatorships, ensuring you receive the highest quality legal representation. We believe in empowering our clients with knowledge and providing compassionate and expert guidance to help you make the right choices for your family.
Both guardianships and conservatorships involve court proceedings. Courts typically provide ongoing oversight to ensure that the appointed guardian or conservator acts in the best interest of the individual under their care.
Guardianships (Also known as Guardian of the Person)
A guardianship is the process of a court appointing a legal guardian to ensure the welfare of minors or adults unable to make housing, education and medical care decisions for themselves.
Wool Landon helps clients establish guardianships for adults who are unable to make these decisions for themselves due to physical or mental incapacity. This can include elderly individuals or those with disabilities.
Conservatorships (Also known as Guardian of the Estate)
Our attorneys specialize in creating tailored conservatorship plans that prioritize protection of the financial security and assets of those unable to manage their own financial affairs. These arise when health issues make it difficult for an individual to manage their own financial affairs and when minor children inherit money directly.
The Role of Appointed Guardians and Conservators are Determined by the Court
- Guardians make healthcare, residential and educational decisions
- Conservators may be authorized by the Court to:
- Pay bills, debts, and expenses
- Manage finances as specified by the court
- Make financial decisions in the best interest of your loved one
- A conservator will be asked to regularly report to the court on financial matters
- A conservator may be asked to obtain a bond
A Steady Hand to Guide You Through
Navigating the complexities of guardianships, conservatorships, and bonds requires expertise and personalized attention. Undertaking these tasks for a loved one informally, without any legal documentation, can create family discord and subject you to liability. At Wool Landon, our dedicated team is ready to guide you through these legal processes. Contact us today at 503-447-8800 for a consultation.