Conservatorship Lawyer in Santa Clarita
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When an adult in California can no longer care for themselves or handle
their own financial or medical decisions on their own due to disability
or mental incapacity, the courts may appoint a conservator to care for
them. Similar to
guardianships for minor children, conservatorships are used to appoint a person or organization
to provide care for a disabled adult and make important decisions on their
behalf. If you are looking to become a conservator for an elderly or otherwise
disabled loved one, our knowledgeable Santa Clarita conservatorship attorneys
at The Werner Law Firm can provide the steadfast legal support you need
and simplify the process on your behalf.
Having earned various awards and accolades throughout our firm’s
lengthy existence, including a 10.0 “Superb” Avvo Rating and
multiple consecutive “Best of SCV” awards from
The Signal newspaper, our lawyers have the skills and knowledge you need to help you
navigate through the process of applying for a conservatorship with ease.
We understand the laws surrounding your situation intimately, and we know
how to get the results you need.
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What Are the Types of Conservatorships in CA?
There are two main categories of conservatorships in California:
1.Probate Conservatorships: The most common types of conservatorships are based on California
probate law. Probate conservatorships are used to provide care for adults who
cannot fully take care of themselves or their finances, such as elderly
people or younger individuals with developmental disabilities or those
who have been seriously impaired following an accident. These types of
conservatorships can be general or limited in scope depending on the needs
of the “conservatee,” or the person being cared for.
2.Lanterman-Petris Short (LPS) Conservatorships: LPS conservatorships are used to care for individuals with extreme mental
illnesses who require specialized care, such as individuals who require
institutionalization or extensive mental health treatments. These types
of conservatorships must be initiated by a government agency and are much
less common than probate conservatorships.
Conservators may be appointed to (1) care for a person’s physical
wellbeing, known as conservator of the person, or (2) to manage their
financial matters on their behalf, known as a conservator of the estate.
Individuals who are appointed conservator of the person are not automatically
made the conservator of the estate. Conservators who wish to hold both
positions must petition with the courts and be explicitly granted these
What Are the Responsibilities of a Conservator?
Conservators are conferred different responsibilities on behalf of their
conservatee depending on the type of conservatorship. A conservator of
the person is responsible for ensuring a disabled person’s safety
and wellbeing, including providing meals, health care, clothing, transportation,
housing, recreation, and housekeeping services. Conservators of the person
must receive court approval for decisions regarding the conservatee’s
health or living arrangements, as well as provide the courts with regular
reports on the conservatee’s current status.
Conservators of the estate have different responsibilities. Estate conservators
must sensibly manage the conservatee’s finances, including making
and adhering to budgets, paying bills, making wise investments, and protecting
the conservatee’s assets. Like conservators of the person, conservators
of the estate must also check in with the courts and provide accurate
reports regarding the conservatee’s finances.
Who Can Be a Conservator?
A wide range of different parties may apply to be a conservator, though
the courts will make their decision based on the best interests of the
conservatee. If a conservatee has nominated someone themselves and they
have the mental ability to express their preference, that person will
be appointed unless the courts deem this decision to contradict the conservatee’s
best interests. Otherwise, interested parties may petition with the courts
to become a conservator.
A conservator may be any of the following parties:
- Adult children
- Public guardians
- State or local entities
Discuss Your Case for Free Today
The process of setting up a conservatorship can be a lengthy and complicated
process, involving mountains of paperwork and several court hearings.
At The Werner Law Firm, our Santa Clarita conservatorship lawyers deal
with these types of situations often and can help you streamline the process,
allowing you to focus on your loved one’s care with peace of mind.
With our unmatched support, we can help you avoid potential costly errors
and maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome for your situation.
We proudly serve clients throughout
Santa Clarita as well as
Pasadena. Schedule a
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