Guardianship (also known as conservatorship) is a legal process wherein the court determines that a person (known as a ward) does not have the ability to make or communicate sound or safe decisions regarding his or her property either due to lack of capacity or susceptibility to fraud or undue influence and thereby assigns another person (known as the guardian) to manage the ward’s affairs. Often, guardianship is pursued to protect minor children or adults who are in an incapacitated state. The decision to petition the court for a guardianship is a complex one and carries a high degree of responsibility with it as the guardian assumes a level of liability. It is advisable that pursuing guardianship should be approached only after careful consideration and consultation with a qualified attorney.
We are experienced in handling court-appointed guardianships for minor children and incapacitated adults and their estates. If you believe you may need to pursue a court-appointed guardianship, contact our office today and we can answer any questions you may have.