Skilled Guidance On Guardianship And Conservatorship
Protective proceedings are court hearings related to arrangements for the care of a person who is unable to handle his or her own affairs due to illness, disability or incapacitation.
The attorneys of Pearson & Paris, P.C., represent clients in a variety of guardianship, conservatorship and involuntary commitment matters in Colorado. If you are seeking guardianship or conservatorship of a loved one, we can help you compile the necessary documentation to present to the court, we can help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities as a guardian or conservator, and we can represent you in legal proceedings.
By the same token, if you or a loved one is a respondent in a protective proceeding and you disagree with a proposed conservatorship or guardianship, we can represent you and advocate for your best interests.
How Do Protective Proceedings Work?
In these proceedings, a family member or another party petitions a court to put in place a guardianship or conservatorship that will define how decisions are made about the protected person’s life. Protective proceedings can be contested matters, and even when they are not, emotional challenges can complicate a case. Having experienced legal representation can make a difference in the outcome of such proceedings.
Using Guardianship Or Conservatorship Effectively
Guardianship, as the word suggests, entails legal responsibility for the day-to-day life of another person, called a ward, who is deemed by a court to be unable to make his or her own decisions. Guardians make decisions about where a ward will live, what kind of medical treatment the ward will receive and whether he or she will receive assisted living or nursing care. Common situations involve adult children serving as guardians for elderly parents or other relatives.
Conservatorship involves legal responsibility for the financial affairs and the estate of a protected person. A conservator is responsible for making sure a protected person’s bills are paid and for attending to matters of his or her estate. As with guardianship, a court can grant conservatorship on a temporary basis.
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