Guardianship & Conservatorship

“Guardianship” and “conservatorship” are terms describing the need to appoint a responsible person to look after the personal care and financial affairs of someone who cannot do so on one’s own because he or she suffers from some disability, or because of his or her status as a minor. Guardians protect people while conservators manage money and property. There are many circumstances where the need for a guardianship or conservatorship may arise. An elderly family member or friend may be unable to care for him or herself or is being taken advantage of by others. A special needs child may be about to turn 19 and become an adult who continues to need the help of his parents. A young couple is so injured in a car accident that they can’t make their own medical decisions, care for their children, or pay their bills. A child may be entitled to a large inheritance or settlement of a personal injury claim and need someone to manage the funds until he or she is an adult. Our attorneys’ experience helps us advise and represent clients who need assistance with petitioning for guardianship and conservatorship, the defense of guardianship or conservatorship proceedings, actions for removal or replacement of guardians or conservators, and actions to terminate or modify a guardianship or conservatorship.