Guardianships & Conservatorships
What is a guardian and conservator?
A guardian is someone appointed by the court to make decisions regarding the personal affairs of another. A guardian has the authority to make decisions regarding the person's support, care, safety, health, education, and residence.
A conservator is appointed by the court to manage the estate and financial affairs of another.
Who can petition the court to have a guardian and/or conservator appointed for an incapacitated individual?
Anyone can petition the court to have a guardian or conservator appointed for another - you do not have to be the person seeking to be named guardian/conservator of that individual. However, the petition that is filed with the court requires large amounts of detailed information regarding the incapacitated person's background, finances, health, etc. As a result, a close family member or friend is usually the most successful, as they are more apt to have the requisite knowledge.
How We Can Help
The attorneys at The Law Office of W. William Robinson, III have successfully assisted individuals with petitioning the Circuit Court to have guardians and conservators appointed for loved ones. We also represent individuals who are the subjects of such petitions. Contact us today for a free consultation!
Why does the court appoint guardians and conservators?
The court appoints guardians and conservators for individuals who become incapacitated and cannot make decisions regarding their own health, care, safety, and/or finances. Guardianship and Conservatorship petitions are most often filed with the court in one of two situations: when an elderly person becomes incapable of caring for him or herself and does not have a valid Power of Attorney, or when a child with severe limitations is about to turn 18.