Oakland Family Law Attorney explains the conservatorship process.
If someone close to you is no longer able to care for themselves, a probate lawyer can help you set up a conservatorship, also known as an adult guardianship, to make sure that your loved one is cared for and their property is looked after in a professional and competent manner.
Ideally, a person will have already appointed someone to care for their well-being and their estate plan, in the event that they do become incapacitated. If not, however, a judge can appoint a conservator for them. A person or an organization can be appointed to the role of conservator.
There are three types of Conservatorships:
- Conservator of a person – which includes deciding where the conservatee will live, arranging for care, and taking care of a conservatee’s food, clothing, transportation, exercise, and housekeeping.
- Conservator of an estate – which includes overseeing the conservatee’s financial arrangements including payment of bills, filing taxes, investing funds and making regular reports to the court.
- Conservator of the person and the estate – includes all of the aforementioned items.
Conservators can be named for developmentally disabled individuals as well as individuals who have suffered a serious medical issue that has left them unable to care for themselves. If your estate plan does not have provisions for a conservator, you may want to talk with your attorney. Otherwise, the court will appoint someone who may not be the person you want taking care of your affairs.
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