Updated: Jun 5, 2021
Find an Estate Planning Lawyer for Conservatorships
A conservatorship is a legal status that allows someone to take care of someone's affairs when they are past the age of 18 and can no longer make their own decisions. This may include medical decisions, financial decisions, and other personal matters. When individuals are unable to make their own decisions or are unable to resist the undue influence of fraud, they may need a conservatorship. This often occurs in people who are in poor mental or physical health as a result of an accident, advanced age, or disease.
A conservator can manage a person's health, finances, living arrangements, and other decisions for them if they are unable to do so themselves. Several people can regulate different aspects of a person's life. On the other hand, a conservatorship may be established such that only one person is in charge of all personal decisions.
When Do You Need a Conservatorship?
A conservatorship is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who is unable to make decisions about their personal affairs. The following are examples of situations where a conservatorship may be appropriate:
Someone has been admitted to a hospital or treatment facility and is unable to make medical or personal decisions on their own
Someone is being irresponsible with their assets and is unable to manage their finances on their own
When a mentally or physically impaired child reaches 18, he or she requires a guardian to continue making personal decisions on their behalf.
A conservatorship lawyer may assist you in determining if a conservatorship is needed in your case. There may be a number of signs that your loved one is unable to make sound choices on their own. Rather than causing their personal affairs to crumble, you may file a conservatorship petition.
What is a Conservatorship and How Does It Work?
A conservatorship is the most effective way to help an elderly person with serious mental ability problems while still ensuring absolute security. To receive a Conservatorship, you must petition the court to nominate you as the individual with mental ability issues' Conservator (i.e., the conservatee). In a variety of cases, a Conservator may make legal decisions on behalf of a Conservatee.