A “Legal Guardianship” is a relationship established by the court which designates a person to care for a minor under the age of eighteen, and whose parent(s) is/are no longer able to care for him or her. This is in the event of death or incapacity of the caring parent(s). By establishing a Legal Guardian for your child/children you can designate an individual that you believe would be best suited to care for and raise your child/children in the unfortunate situation that you are no longer able to.
A “Conservatorship” is when a court appoints an individual to handle the management of property, financial affairs, and health decisions on your behalf, in the event that you are no longer able to make sound decisions or care for yourself. Conservatorships most often occur when an individual has failed to set up their Power of Attorney and Healthcare Directive prior to an incapacitation. Although Conservatorships are designed to protect you, they can be very costly and burdensome due to the need for court intervention.
To avoid court intervention, contact our office for a free consultation to discuss options that are better suited for your personal needs.