Guardianship and Conservatorship

Guardianship and Conservatorship are the court appointment of one person to make health care and financial decisions for another person. It takes away the legal rights of the person for whom a guardian has been appointed. A conservator is like a guardian, but only has the power over finances, not over personal and health care issues.  Guardians may need to be appointed to:

  • consent to anti-psychotic medications
  • to facilitate a move to a safe environment
  • to gain access to financial assets
  • to protect a senior or younger family member with special needs from dangerous situations

Guardianship is a last resort when a loved one becomes incapable of caring for herself or making proper decisions about health, living arrangements, and finances.

At MooreLaw, when the situation requires a guardian or conservator be apointed, we will:

  • assist in your application to the court seeking appointment
  • advise you about your powers and responsibilities once appointed
  • help you prepare accountings and reports required by the court

There are times, even with proper planning, when guardianship is unavoidable. Once the appointment is made, the appointee has responsibility to perform according to the law under the general supervision of the probate court judge and may be held personally liable by the judge for not complying with those rules and directions. In those instances, we assist our clients to get appointed advise them on their powers and responsibilities, prepare accountings and reports to the court.