None of us likes to think of being in the position to need someone to handle our medical and financial choices. We tend to deny that this could ever happen to us. But the truth is that it can happen to us or to a loved one. So many of us do not prepare for this unthinkable positioning in life, and then are either filing for a conservatorship for a loved one or a conservatorship is being filed on our behalf.
A Conservatorship is when an individual or organization appointed by the court to care for and manage the property and/or health care of an incapacitated person. You can think this relationship being similar to a court appointed guardian caring for and managing the property of a minor.
There are different types of conservatorships:
– Standard Conservatorship: for adults who are incapacitated as a result of dementia, or other medical issues resulting in diminishing or complete loss of cognitive function
– Limited Conservatorship: for adults who are incapacitated as a result of a developmental disability
– LPS Conservatorship: for adults who are incapacitated by and diagnosed with mental illnesses such as bipolar
In order to begin the process of filing for a conservatorship, the appropriate steps need to be taken, which include:
– Contacting a professional conservatorship attorney
– Obtaining an independent physician’s affidavit stating their opinion of the conservatee (the incapacitated adult)
– Filing a petition with the court
Obtaining a conservatorship is expensive both before, during and after the conservatorship process. The Court filling does not end with obtaining the conservatorship; you need to continually file accounting records and in some cases request additional authoritative powers. Overall it can be a draining process for all those involved, but with the help of our experienced conservatorship attorney, it can be a bit easier on you and your loved ones.
If you want to avoid the conservatorship process, you can create a comprehensive estate plan in advance which would include a power of attorney, advance health care directive, and HIPPA authorization to eliminate the need for your love one to go through this legal battle.
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