When adults can’t meet their personal needs for safe housing, health care and financial management, and they haven’t named agents under powers of attorney to help them, it may be necessary for a court to intervene.  Often, the individuals who need help the most are the most likely to reject or oppose it. The result is a stressful situation for families, even when children or siblings agree on a loved one’s need for such an arrangement and even when they agree on who should serve.  

Our practice in protective proceedings ranges from simple, uncontested guardianships and conservatorships to high-conflict, multi-jurisdictional matters.

Guardianships

Courts appoint guardians to make personal decisions for someone who cannot meet his or her own daily personal needs. For example, a guardian may be necessary for an elderly person who can no longer live safely in his own home but can’t make other housing arrangements for himself.  Guardianship proceedings are governed by specific statutes that apply to the documents submitted to the court, notice to the individual for whom the guardianship is sought, background checks for the prospective guardian and more. We prepare pleadings, obtain associated documents required by the court, send required notices and represent clients at hearing.  Once a guardianship is instituted, we help clients set up a system for required continued reporting to the court.

Conservatorships

Courts appoint conservators to handle financial matters for someone who cannot do so.  For example, a conservator may be necessary for an adult who continually falls prey to fraudulent investment schemes and, as a result, is at risk of losing the resources required for support.   Like guardianships, conservatorship proceedings are governed by specific statutes that apply to the documents submitted to the court, notice to the individual for whom the conservatorship is sought, background checks for the prospective conservator and more. We prepare pleadings, obtain associated documents required by the court, send required notices and represent clients at hearing.  Once a conservatorship is instituted, we help clients set up a system for required continued reporting to the court.