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Guardianships & Conservatorships Archives

I've been appointed as a guardian. What do I do now?

Many people will eventually need a guardian as they get older. These people, called wards, are appointed (or appoint) a guardian to take care of them and make decisions for them. Though the titles involved here make it sound like some science fiction or fantasy movie, these roles are critical and very serious. When a ward has a guardian, the relationship between the two is crucial because the ward relies on the guardian to help them perform basic duties and fulfill certain tasks.

What happens if your guardian is negligent or fails in their role?

Imagine that you are in your later years, and you are in need of a guardian to help you with many important matters in your life. Your finances; your medical care; and even basic household chores or duties are being handled by this guardian. Obviously, given the incredible importance of the role of guardian, you are going to want to have a trustworthy person in the role.

What is a conservatorship and how does it work?

A few weeks ago, we wrote about guardianships and how they play into a person's later years and, indeed, their estate. There is also something called a "conservatorship" which functions in practically the same way as a guardianship. Depending on which state you live in, the duties and function of these two legal processes could be the same, or just slightly different.

A guardian, a ward, and the relationship between them

It's not easy to watch someone you love or care about slip into a state where they are no longer able to perform basic tasks or even make decisions for themselves. These cases can arise when someone suffers from a physical or mental disability, or a serious medical condition, or even an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Dealing with incapacity in Colorado, part 1: Guardianships

When does a Colorado probate court appoint a guardian? It is often in crisis after a parent suffers a sudden incapacitating illness or complications following a routine surgery that limit his or her ability to manage personal care.

How can I protect my elderly parents from financial predators?

It can be a nightmare to suspect another family member, friend or caregiver is exploiting your elderly parents financially. When parents live nearby, it can be easy to verify whether your suspicions are warranted, but as is often the case, thousands of miles can separate your watchful eyes from your physically or mentally deteriorating parents.

Considering legal authority for your children in your absence

Have you thought about who will have legal authority of your children if something happens to you? Many Denver residents don't give this much thought unless they have extensive assets to draw up a will for. Then, while considering who will inherit their assets, they also consider who will be in charge of their children and their inherited assets, such as a trust fund, until the children are of age.

Roles of conservators and guardians in Colorado

There are situations when a person in Colorado may need to become a guardian or conservator for someone else. While many people do apply for one of these roles in order to take care of a child, an adult may need help when unable to manage affairs or properly absorb and consider information.

Joan Rivers and estate planning

The steps that the late comedienne Joan Rivers took to ensure that her final wishes were met can be used by anyone to be just as prepared for their own passing. While many people consider estate planning as nothing more than preparing a will or trust, there is much more that goes into it. For example, preparing a health care power of attorney or having a do not resuscitate order on file can guide decisions made while a person is still alive.

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