A conservatorship is a court process in which a court appoints someone to handle the financial and personal affairs of someone who cannot longer manage them for themselves. If 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 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.
Contact Attorney Andrea K. Shoup at 951-445-4114 to protect you and your family today.