As we all live longer, we don’t necessarily enjoy perfect health for our entire lives. If a family member becomes unable to manage their own care, and does not have an estate plan in place to provide for their incapacity it may become necessary to go to court to establish a conservatorship for them.
A conservatorship appoints a conservator to manage either or both the finances (estate) and the well being (person) of another person (conservatee). It is a court supervised process that continues until the conservatee either regains capacity or dies. Courts disfavor establishing conservatorships because of the importance of maintaining an individual’s autonomy for all but the most extreme circumstances.
If you feel that someone you know may be in need of a conservatorship you should contact our office to arrange for a consultation to discuss your options.