What is a conservatorship? You may have heard this term thrown around over the years, but few know what it means or when people need it. More often than not, the need arises when a family least expects it. This can cause a whirlwind of confusion, sudden decisions, and more than a few questions.
When you’re ready to discuss your options, rest assured that you have help. I’ve worked with countless families who need help with navigating conservatorship. Whether you have experience with the process or you need help for the first time, allow me to help you make these important decisions.
What is conservatorship?
A conservatorship is appropriate when an adult is incapable of making their own decisions. The conservatorship can be strictly for financial decisions, medical decisions, or for both. This makes it quite similar to a guardianship.
The individual placed in the conservatorship is typically disabled or suffering from some other temporary or permanent impairment. These conditions often affect the individual’s ability to make important financial decisions. This can include anything from a coma to Alzheimer’s disease to cerebral palsy. In this case, the conservator becomes the one who makes decisions for the affected person. They must follow a strict set of rules while addressing the needs of the person to ensure their best interests are met. It is important that anyone considering a conservatorship obtain the services of an attorney to help them make the best judgment calls.
The conservator is typically a family member, but the individual can also rely on close friends or an organization. In some cases, joint conservatorship is possible when more than one person is needed to make decisions for the affected individual. To learn more about these conservatorship options, contact Samuel B. Tipton.
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