WHAT IS A CONSERVATORSHIP?
When a person has become incapacitated due to mental illness, medical disability, or advancing age, sometimes it is appropriate for the court to appoint a conservator who is granted the authority to manage the person’s personal, health, and/or financial affairs and to make decisions for that person in those areas based upon his or her best interest.
A conservatorship may be initiated by filing a petition in the appropriate court, and it's necessary to file a sworn physician’s report along with the petition if the proposed ward has been examined within ninety days prior to filing. Otherwise, the court will order that the proposed ward have a medical examination during the case, the report of which will be made a part of the court record and will assist the judge in making a determination regarding the need for a conservatorship.
Usually, the judge will appoint a Guardian ad litem (a person who is tasked with representing the proposed ward’s best interests throughout the case). In some circumstances, the judge will will also appoint an Attorney ad litem when the proposed ward expresses opposition to the establishment of a conservatorship, objection to the proposed conservator, or is unable to communicate his or her wishes.
If you are considering a conservatorship for a family member or loved one, it is recommended that you discuss your options with an attorney who has experience handling complex conservatorship matters. At Mason & Associates Law Firm, we have knowledge representing clients in conservatorship matters, and help navigate the sensitive issues sometimes associated with managing or removing the legal rights of a loved one.
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Mason & Associates Law Firm is a boutique Estate Planning and Elder Law firm assisting residents in Tennessee and Kentucky, with offices in Gallatin and Nashville, Tennessee. We are dedicated to providing client-centered, professional legal services that are individualized through one-on-one consultations. We delight in empowering our clients and community through education and providing specialized resources. Our integrity-driven team will help you protect your legacy while delivering outstanding quality at a reasonable cost. Your Legacy Is Our Priority™
Jake Mason, J.D., LL.M. (Elder Law & Estate Planning), CELA, EPLS, is the Owner of Mason & Associates Law Firm in Gallatin, Tennessee. He is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney with the National Elder Law Foundation, is board-certified in Estate Planning and Probate by The Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc., of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, is accredited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and is licensed in Kentucky and Tennessee. Mason is the only attorney in Tennessee or Kentucky with Board-Certifications in both Elder Law & Estate Planning. Contact us to schedule a consultation via phone, in-office, or video conference at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gallatin (615) 989-7054 | Nashville (615) 619-2791.