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Guardianships and Conservatorships

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

What is a guardian?

A:

A guardian is a person chosen by a court to handle various medical issues for a person who cannot do so for themselves any longer. This can include anything from communication with doctors to placement in new homes.

Q:

What is a conservator?

A:

A conservator is a person chosen by a court to handle the finances of a person when they can no longer do it themselves. Typically, conservators will be required to stay in annual contact with the court to ensure they are operating appropriately.

Q:

How can I avoid having a judge pick someone that might not know me personally to watch over my medical treatment or finances?

A:

The most effective way is through powers of attorney. At Longtine Law, we prepare powers of attorney for these situations of incapacity and you will decide who will have the right to make financial and medical decisions for you in the event that you cannot do so for yourself.