Guardianships and Conservatorships
Sometimes when a person becomes legally incapacitated and cannot independently make decisions about finances, medical care or other important life activities, it is necessary that the court appoint a guardian or conservator for that person. A person may have been injured in an accident, continue to suffer from an incapacitating physical illness or psychological disorder or have some other condition that prevents him or her from caring for himself or herself.
While guardianships and conservatorships seek to maintain a person’s independence, they should only be considered in appropriate cases because they may significantly impinge upon the rights of the individual.
If a person is not determined to be legally incapacitated, alternatives are available to provide assistance to that person. Powers of attorney, advance medical directives, trusts or other documents can be used to designate one or more individuals to help with specific matters.
If you believe that a family member or loved one needs this kind of assistance, we can petition the court to appoint you or another trusted person as guardian and/or conservator.