When a person’s mental health issues impact their ability to make medical decisions for themselves or manage their financial affairs, a family member, friend, or other individuals can be appointed to represent the person’s interests as a guardian (health issues) or conservator (financial issues).

Generally, guardianships and conservatorships are thought to help cases where a person is elderly and is often considered part of an area of law known as “elder law.” However, mental health issues permeate all age groups, and guardianships and conservatorships are beneficial for individuals of all ages. These important appointments can allow a person to manage all other aspects of the mentally ill person’s life and allows the fiduciary full access to what would otherwise be private information. A guardianship can also give you the best chance of getting help for a mentally ill person you care about. A conservatorship can help you protect a mentally ill person’s property as assets.

Our firm has dedicated a portion of its practice to guardianship and conservatorship cases in cases involving individuals of all ages. Often a guardianship and conservatorship appointment can be a critical tool for a family member or friend to assist a mentally ill individual. Our guardianship and conservatorship attorneys have the experience and competence necessary to help you in your case.