A guardianship, which is sometimes referred to as a conservatorship, is necessary when a person cannot make sound decisions, communicate effectively, or has become susceptible to fraud or undue influence. Guardianships remove considerable rights from an individual, so must overcome significant due process protections. Sometimes alternatives to guardianships can effectively protect vulnerable children and adults without the expense or complexity of a guardianship.
Alternatives to guardianship may include:
- Durable powers of attorney for property
- Durable powers of attorney for health care
- Joint checking accounts
- Representatives or substitute payees
- Case/care management and community agencies/services
- Living wills
Please call to set up a consultation regarding about whether a guardianship or an alternative is appropriate for the situation your family is facing.