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Understanding conservatorships in San Diego

On Behalf of | Feb 9, 2018 | Estate Planning |

Protecting your loved ones later in life is a top priority for just about everyone. It can be very difficult seeing your parents and grandparents struggling with health issues, financial issues and other problems as they age. Their retirement years are supposed to be filled with love, laughter, travel and relaxation. Some will not get to enjoy any of this due to their health. When the time comes, it might be best to create a conservatorship for an older loved one.

Your elder law attorney needs to file a petition with the court requesting that a conservatorship be created. The petition must name the person in need, who is called the conservatee, and the person who will be given authority by the court to operate the conservatorship, who is the conservator. Conservatorships are created when someone is not physically or mentally able to care for themselves.

There are two kinds of conservatorships. The first is one that handles the physical care of the conservatee. This includes the feeding, washing, clothing and sheltering of the conservatee. The second is one that takes care of the estate of the conservatee. This happens when the conservatee is in such a poor mental state that he or she cannot make the proper decisions regarding their finances or cannot avoid fraudulent scams.

Do you think it’s time to create a conservatorship for your loved one in San Diego? If so, be sure you know what is at stake when creating such a legal position. This is something that should be taken very seriously when caring for an older loved one.