Guardianship & Conservatorship

Gaining guardianship or conservatorship over a loved one should be a path of last resort for several reasons. First, a guardianship/conservatorship proceeding may be uncomfortable when the person petitioning for a guardian or the proposed guardian must say difficult things about a loved one in open court and in the presence of the loved one. A family member may not take kindly to hearing that their daughter, son or other relative believes them incapable of caring for themselves and/or their finances. Second, some family members may disagree that a guardian or conservator is necessary or may object to the proposed guardian or conservator. In such a case, conflict in the family amplifies and the costs of the proceeding rise. Third, when a guardian is appointed for a ward, the ward’s right are taken away – rights that are often basic to our idea of what it means to live free in the United States – rights such as the ability to decide where one lives, travels, receives care, whether one enters a contract, has a driver’s license, or votes.

For these reasons, if a less restrictive option such as a Power of Attorney exists, exploration of that path is wise. However, where an individual is incapacitated, a guardianship and/or conservatorship is usually the only course. We can help your family make these difficult decisions in a delicate situation. Should you require assistance in this regard, please call us at 434-846-2768 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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