The goal of an effective and well-considered estate plan is to avoid disputes and probate court intervention, but sometimes the decision to plan comes too late. What if something unfortunate happens and you or your loved one don't have a power of attorney or health care power of attorney? At Law Offices of Bruce Thrasher, we realize that guardianships and conservatorships, while protecting a person by providing supervision, will limit that person's freedom.
At Law Offices of Bruce Thrasher, we take our professional responsibility very seriously and are committed to providing the high quality counsel and service your family deserves. If a member of your family may now or in the future require help with management of finances or daily affairs, and you would like to discuss the situation with an experienced attorney, contact our office to schedule an initial consultation with Mr. Thrasher.
Since loss of function is often progressive, many families make arrangements while an elderly member is still able to help in making the decision regarding appointment of a guardian or conservator. If you have a progressive condition, such as Alzheimer's or dementia, now is the time to designate your chosen representatives.
A legal guardian is responsible for making decisions regarding an incapacitated person's personal affairs and living situation. Many people just need a little help with personal care − perhaps someone to organize their medical care or see that their living conditions are reasonable. Other people need more constant and direct supervision, in which case a guardian is responsible for arranging for and overseeing care in a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or a home setting.
If a person has been determined to be mentally incapacitated and has assets that will be wasted, the court will appoint a conservator to manage his or her assets. In some cases the conservator may also serve as a guardian. In either case the probate court conducts an annual review of the management.
Often a family member will approach us, asking us to help establish that person as a guardian and conservator for a parent or other family member. In other cases, we might aid clients in finding a third party to serve as conservator. These are sensitive issues and our attorney and staff do all we can to help families find the best solutions possible for their situations. Contact us today to learn more about how the Law Offices of Bruce Thrasher can help you protect your family's future.