Guardianship and Conservatorship
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 be useful in cases where a person is elderly and are often considered part of an area of law known as “elder law.” However, mental health issues permeate all age groups, and guardianship and conservatorship is useful for individuals of all ages. While a guardianship/conservatorship does not allow you to hospitalize or medicate the individual who may suffer from mental health issues without additional litigation, these fiduciary appointments can allow a person to manage all other aspects of the person’s life and allows the fiduciary full and complete access to what would otherwise be totally private information.
Our firm has dedicated a portion of its practice to litigating guardianship and conservatorship cases not only in cases involving elderly persons but also in cases involving individuals of all ages. Oftentimes a guardianship and conservatorship appointment can be a critical tool that can be used by a family member or friend to assist an individual with mental health issues, and our guardianship and conservatorship attorneys have the experience and competence necessary in assisting clients in these types of cases.