What is Guardianship?
Guardianship, or conservatorship is a legal relationship created when a person or institution is named in a will or assigned by the court is to take care of minor children, senior citizens or incompetent/incapacitated adults. A legal guardian may be entrusted to make medical decisions, financial decisions, contract agreements and other legally binding decisions.
As a guardianship or conservatorship lawyer, we assist with your initial petition, provide guidance regarding your fiduciary responsibilities, and keep you apprised of the guardianship laws.
Additional responsibilities of a legal guardian include:
- Make end-of-life decisions
- Determine place of residence
- File lawsuits
- Consent and release of confidential information
Guardians are also responsible for the “estate” includes protecting assets and property from loss, making appropriate disbursements, obtaining court approval prior to selling any assets and receiving income from the estate.