There are many circumstances under which it may be necessary to establish or amend conservatorship or guardianship arrangements in your family. For instance, the sudden death of a family member or suspicions of negligence may prompt you to pursue legal custody of the minor child or vulnerable adult family member. That is why we here at Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law, are committed to informing our clients about their family law rights and responsibilities in such cases.
If you are recognized as the legal conservator of a minor child, elderly adult or otherwise vulnerable person in your family, you are obligated to manage his or her personal finances. Being the conservator does not mean that you are responsible for your ward’s daily care needs, but it is your job to ensure that all financial aspects of his or her care are accounted for.
Given that the legal conservator has the authority to oversee and manage many aspects of a ward’s financial affairs, you could also have serious concerns over negligence or mistreatment. In such cases, it’s important to keep in mind that you may be able to challenge the terms of an established conservatorship agreement.
Considering issues relating to legal guardianship, it can also be helpful for you to understand that guardianship is often assigned quickly and under unfortunate circumstances. For instance, you may be interested in serving as the guardian for a minor child or vulnerable adult in your family if his or her parent dies or is otherwise unable to provide care any longer. If this is the case, it is necessary to promptly take the appropriate legal steps to be granted legal guardianship of your loved one.
Family law issues like legal conservatorship and guardianship can be complex in some cases. Learn more about family legal issues that can arise by visiting our web page today.