Guardianships and Conservatorships

A guardian or a conservator is a person who is appointed as a representative by the court to make decisions on behalf of a person who is found to be incompetent.  A representative is appointed to protect the person and/or property of the person when he or she is no longer able to communicate and make sound decisions.  A formal court proceeding is necessary to prove that the individual is incompetent and needs a guardian to act on his or her behalf.  The process can be lengthy and time consuming, as courts consider information from a variety of sources, including opinions of physicians, psychologists, adult relatives, and friends of the individual.

In appointing a guardian or conservator, a court may grant them the power to make a variety of decisions on behalf of the individual, including medical decisions, such as the ability to give informed consent for health care and medications, and decisions as to where the individual will live and who will provide support services.  Appointing a guardian can have a significant impact on the individual rights of the elderly person and should be approached with diligence and care.

Attorney Chatterton counsels clients through the process of appointing a guardian to protect the property rights and personal wellbeing of elderly family members.  He advises clients on whether or not it is appropriate given their circumstances and whether there are other means to reach the goals they seek to accomplish.  Contact the Law Office of Patrick L. Chatterton today to schedule your consultation.

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