How to Know if your Loved One Needs a Conservator

It can be difficult to know when you should seek to be appointed as a conservator for a loved one. Every person’s situation is unique, so let us review all of the circumstances and help you determine the best course of action. To learn more about conservatorships, please read our blog titled “What is the Difference Between a Guardian and a Conservator?”

There are numerous situations that warrant seeking a conservatorship. Your loved one may need help if he or she:

  • Does not properly monitor or take his or her medication
  • Refuses to seek medical care, even if his or her health is suffering
  • Will not grant you access to his or her medical information or refuses to give you permission to confer with his or her healthcare providers
  • Is not capable of making proper healthcare decisions
  • Cannot safeguard his or her finances
  • Permits assets to be lost or wasted
  • Is the victim of financial, physical or emotional abuse
  • Fails to pay his or her bills
  • Refuses to give you authority to sign checks on his or her behalf
  • Is at risk of harming himself or herself
  • May be required to file a personal bankruptcy if you do not act

There are many reasons to act quickly if you think a conservatorship is needed. Being granted conservator powers will help you protect your loved one from physical harm and financial ruin.

To learn more about being appointed as a conservator or to discuss other elder law matters, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

The Astill Law Office has provided high quality legal services for over 30 years. We specialize in wills, trusts, estate planning, and asset protection. If you have any questions about creating a Trust, Will, or estate planning in general, contact The Astill Law Office at 801-438-8698.