Are you facing the time when you need to step in for a loved one and make the decisions? Did the court determine your loved one is mentally or physically incapacitated? When your loved one cannot care and make responsible decisions for themselves, it may be time to get court permission to act on their behalf. This could be a stressful and confusing process to go through alone. Seeking a skilled attorney to help navigate the process and handle your questions will take some of the stress away in a difficult situation. The legal teams at Turner Law in Decatur are ready to assist you.
Becoming a Guardian or Conservator in the Atlanta area
Guardians and conservators are two options to help care for a family member that has become incapacitated. Guardians are appointed by the court to make healthcare and other non-monetary decisions for those that cannot because of an injury, illness, or disability. Conservators are appointed by the court to take care of finances for someone that cannot because of an illness, injury, or disability.
The guardian and/or conservator must do what is reasonably necessary to provide reasonable support, care, health, and welfare of the incapacitated person.
Responsibilities of a guardian or conservator:
- Protect and maintain rights
- Become and remain familiarized with the person’s capacities, limitations, and needs
- Arrange for the support, care, education, health and welfare of the person
- Take reasonable care of the person’s personal property
- Cooperate with the guardian or conservator is applicable
- Use the person’s money to care for them and never use for personal profit
- Protect and save additional money for future needs of the person
- Notify the court of any conflict of interest that may appear
The court ensures that the person appointed as the guardian or conservator acts on behalf of the incapacitated person and does not abuse their position. The guardian or conservator will continue their duties as long as they are needed or until the person regains their capacity.
If you are seeking to be a guardian or conservator of your loved one, Robert Turner and his team at Turner Law, LLC is available to assist you in this process. Call Turner Law, LLC today for a consultation.
Posted on behalf of Turner Law, LLC