Men and women are living longer today than ever before thanks to advances in science and medical technology. For this reason, it is not uncommon that as people age, they become incapable both physically and mentally of taking care of their affairs. This is where a conservator comes in.
A conservator is a person who acts as both a guardian and protector for another person, usually an elderly adult. Generally speaking, a conservator is appointed by a judge to manage the person's financial affairs and their daily life. Conservators take care of the elderly adult's affairs when they cannot do so themselves due to mental and/or physical reasons.
A conservator may only be in charge of the person's "estate" (financial affairs), or they can also be in charge of taking care of the individual, such as their daily activities, medical care and living arrangements. If you need assistance with a matter involving conservatorship, contact a Roseville family law attorney as soon as possible to gain clear direction for your legal issue.
In the state of California, the conservator relationship is determined by a judge. A person cannot simply step in and take over someone else's financial affairs. With conservatorships, there are three different types: (1) conservatorship of the estate, (2) conservatorship of a person, and (3) conservatorship of the estate and the person.
In many cases the conservator is a family member, a spouse or a close friend. The process begins with a petition being filed with the court. Once the petition has been filed, the court launches an investigation and schedules a court hearing. The process is not always seamless; for example, the conservatee (the elderly or incapacitated adult) may object to the appointment, or other family members may object as well.
It is not uncommon for conservatees to be taken advantage of or fall victim to unscrupulous activities by their conservators. For this reason, the conservatorship may become contested and require litigation. If other family members strongly disagree that a certain person should not be appointed as a conservator, or if they wish to remove an already existing conservator, then conservatorship litigation may be entirely necessary, especially if they suspect the elderly adult is being taken advantage of.
There are many reasons why it may become necessary to get involved in conservatorship litigation. At Herrig & Vogt, LLP, our legal team has more than 100 years combined legal experience. Our firm is extremely familiar with how conservatorships can be taken for granted and abused. If you are facing a legal matter relating to conservatorship, we understand how important it is to get your issue resolved as soon as possible.
Our firm is proud to serve the residents of Roseville, as well as the surrounding communities. We are a caring and compassionate legal team, who has the knowledge and experience to be aggressive when the situation demands it. We urge you to contact our firm to schedule a consultation where we can discuss your highly important legal matter.
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