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How To Avoid a Conservatorship

May 11, 2016

 

When you are unable to make financial or health care decisions for yourself, a court may find it necessary to appoint a conservator to handle your affairs.  While this is a necessary step at times, there are ways to plan and avoid a conservatorship with the right legal documents, preventing unnecessarily broad authority over your life decisions.

 

One of the best methods is to draft a power of attorney for specific areas, such as finances or health care.  This allows you to select the agent yourself and define the responsibilities, rather than have a court make those choices.  Most people prefer to limit the amount of discretion another person has over important matters, and tools such as a power of attorney, living trusts and advance directives for health care allow you to plan for any future contingencies.

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