A properly created guardianship or conservatorship can help ensure that the interests of an infirm, mentally ill or underage person are appropriately protected.

A family member who is unable to care for his or her person or property, due to physical or mental infirmity or being underage, may need a guardian, a conservator, or both.

A guardianship and its close cousin, conservatorship, often become necessary when a person becomes incapacitated. While it is helpful to understand the difference between the two, they are so closely related that they are frequently established in tandem so that the affairs of incapacitated persons — and the persons themselves — can be fully cared for.

We can help families:

  • Assess the need for a guardianship or conservatorship.
  • Identify suitable persons to serve as guardian or conservator.
  • Interact with the courts in ensuring the proper establishment of the guardianship or conservatorship.
  • Assure that the family member’s rights, property and person are being respected and protected, with appropriate oversight by the courts.

Our experience and judgment have taught us to manage these client issues with great sensitivity.

If a legal dispute arises, our estate controversy attorneys are experienced in representing the interests of families, guardians and conservators, as well as the individuals for whom the guardianship or conservatorship was intended to protect.