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Guardianships & Conservatorships Archives

Removing arbitration clauses from nursing home agreements

At some point an aging relative may need more care. Often stubborn elders who have lived on their own for years can hide problems for awhile. It might be a neighbor who reports concerns or loss of money through a tax scam that really brings home the situation.

Guardian or conservator appointments: What can go wrong?

As more of the baby boom generation enter the so-called “danger age” it is important to discuss what can go wrong after a decision regarding incapacity. For instance, the U.S. Government Accountability Office in a 2010 report found that people in these trusted roles stole $5.4 million from wards during the preceding two decades.

Planning ahead for Alzheimer’s care

Alzheimer’s is a devastating and cruel disease. It slowly robs sufferers of their memories, their recognition, and, eventually, their ability to function independently. Given the huge impact this illness can have both on patients and their families, it is no surprise that the expenses associated with treatment and care are likewise huge. By some estimates, Americans (including costs covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurers and out-of-pocket by patients and their families) spend upwards of $200 billion annually on Alzheimer’s-related care.

Obtaining Guardianships & Conservatorships in Colorado

The death of music legend Prince has highlighted the problems created when a person dies without a will. What some media sources in Colorado and elsewhere are failing to recognize is that it is also imperative to have estate-planning documents (powers of attorney and advance directives) in place in the event of incapacity. Without them, it may be necessary for your family members to petition the court for Guardianships & Conservatorships.

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.

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