Conservatorship/Guardianship Attorney in Connecticut
Finding Sound Solutions for Your Unique Situation
Often, when people are no longer able to manage their own affairs, it becomes necessary to establish a conservatorship or guardianship. A guardian, otherwise known as a conservator, is responsible for managing the healthcare, finances, and basic needs of the individual in need of assistance, or the conservatee. A conservator is appointed by a judge and may be responsible for the individual, the estate, or both.
At Disability Planning Partners, we understand that every situation is unique. Our team of dedicated estate planning attorneys can assist you throughout every step of the process, helping you understand your options and work towards the solution that’s best for you and your loved one. In every instance, we make sure that we fully understand your specific goals before proceeding with a plan of legal action. We can also assist you in creating an all-encompassing disability plan now while you are currently healthy. This can help you and your loved ones avoid unnecessary complications in the future should you become unexpectedly unable to care for yourself.
Do you need guardianship if you have power of attorney?
In Connecticut, a Power of Attorney is created by an individual who has the mental capacity to appoint an individual to manage his or her finances. Guardianship is a legal proceeding for individuals with an intellectual disability (in Connecticut, an IQ of 69 or lower) who do not have the mental capacity to create a Power of Attorney. With the permission of the Court, a Guardian can manage up to $10,000 on behalf of an individual with an intellectual disability, and can make decisions regarding the individual’s health and well-being.
Interested in learning more about guardianship or how you can begin the process? Contact our firm at (860) 238-0031 to speak with one of our attorneys today!
What Are the Responsibilities of a Conservator?
When a person is not able to make decisions regarding his or her own personal care, a judge-appointed conservator is responsible for making sure the individual’s basic needs are met. These needs may include everything from basic shelter and food to ongoing medical treatment, transportation, and more.
Depending on the unique circumstances, a conservator may be responsible for any of the following:
- Ensuring the availability of proper healthcare/treatment
- Providing for the conservatee’s general health and safety
- Arranging for adequate food, shelter, clothing, and transportation
- Determining where the conservatee will live
- Seeking the proper approval from the court for various decisions
- Providing reports to the court periodically on the conservatee’s condition
- Overseeing medical treatment and/or in-home care
- Arranging recreational activities for the conservatee
- Managing the conservatee’s finances, assets, and/or estate
Every situation is different and, as such, the duties of a conservator can vary greatly. At Disability Planning Partners, our team of Hartford estate planning lawyers can help you understand what to expect should you become a conservator for a loved one or family member. We are committed to creating meaningful, lasting relationships with each of our clients so that, in the event that something changes, we can help you make the right decisions for yourself and your family. We can provide you with in-depth legal assistance that goes beyond merely preparing the necessary paperwork. Instead, we’ll help you craft a plan that covers all of your unique needs and future goals.