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Guardianships & Conservatorships Archives

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.

Guardianships can protect minor children

Circumstances can arise where Colorado parents can no longer rear their own children. Sometimes devastating or terminal illness prevents them from parenting; other times addiction to alcohol and drugs result in the removal of children from their parents' custody. When state agencies like the Department of Human Services become involved, the parents often have little or no input in where the children will go.

Casey Kasem's children granted conservatorship of their dad

Colorado residents may have heard that long time radio icon and the voice of Scooby Doo's beloved Shaggy, 82-year-old Casey Kasem, is struggling with the devastating effects of Parkinson's disease. His family is concerned about his health and safety and petitioned the court for a temporary conservatorship of their father.

Colorado mental health system in legal limbo

Survivors of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado, theater massacre still suffer from the aftereffects of the killing spree. Not all the lingering traumas are physical. One man, whose son died in the carnage, says his family and others have benefited from Aurora Mental Health Center's trauma recovery groups.

Dementia diagnosis may lead to conservatorship in Colorado courts

She got the dreaded diagnosis at only 49 -- younger onset Alzheimer's disease. At a time when she should have been enjoying her life beside her longtime partner, the Sacramento woman was experiencing baffling memory lapses that not only affected her work performance but also every aspect of the most treasured relationship in her life.

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