When we mention guardianships, most people know immediately that we are talking about a person who is not a parent taking charge of a minor or dependent to provide care or assistance. What many people don’t realize is that this type of legal relationship also exists for older individuals who can no longer care for themselves. In those cases, the legal structure is called a conservatorship.
Guardianships and conservatorships let you plan ahead for times of tragedy or emergency. Parents can take the time now to consider that unfortunate events might occur that make them unable to care for their minor children. We know this isn’t a scenario anyone wants to spend a lot of time dwelling on, but taking the time to plan means you can put some legal tools in place to ensure your children are cared for in a manner that you would most likely agree with.
Without a guardianship set up, where your children end up is often a matter decided by the court. While the courts try to make the best decisions they can for each child, they are swamped with cases and can’t understand all the nuances of your children and your family. Setting up a guardianship lets you ensure your children are cared for by someone who does understand these nuances and the needs of your children.
At the same time, you might want to consider what would happen if you were no longer able to care for yourself. Who would you want making decisions for you? Who would you trust with your money? Whether you want to safeguard the future of your children or set down wishes for your own care, our firm can help you plan for a potential guardianship or conservatorship.