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A guardian looks after the care and medical decisions of someone who has become incapacitated.  A conservator manages a person’s financial affairs.  One person could assume both duties.


Why is this important?  Often, a person wanting to care for another lacks the legal authority to do so:

  • Parents of an incapacitated child need the court’s permission to continue parenting after the child turns eighteen.

  • An adult who suddenly becomes incapacitated may end up in a situation where the court assigns a guardian or conservator who could be a complete stranger.


Elder Law, PLC can help avoid situations like these by working with you to create appropriate estate documents.  If you believe a loved one needs a guardian or conservator, Elder Law, PLC can petition the court on your behalf.  Elder Law, PLC is also able and willing to assume the roles of either guardian or conservator or both.

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