If you have a loved one that needs assistance with personal care or financial matters, it may be time to consider a conservator. Being appointed as a conservator can provide you the legal authority required for proper assistance. Generally speaking, a conservatorship lasts for as long as it is in the best interests of the conservatee. The court will review the conservatorship to determine if it remains in the conservatee’s best interests as follows:

 

  • Six months after the conservatorship is established. The court appoints an investigator who will visit with the conservatee and conduct an investigation approximately 6 months after the conservator has been appointed. The investigator then makes a report to the court regarding the appropriateness of the conservatorship and whether the conservator is acting in the best interests of the conservatee regarding the conservatee’s placement, quality of care, and finances.
  • One to two years after the appointment of the conservator and annually thereafter. Once it has been established that the conservatorship is acting in the best interests of the conservatee, the court can set subsequent review dates every 1 to 2 years.

There are different types of conservatorships, so it is important to confer with an attorney to discuss your loved one’s needs and how long you believe you will need to serve as the conservator. There are lots of good reasons to act quickly if you think a conservatorship may be a good idea. Having conservator powers will help you protect the conservatee from physical harm and financial ruin. If you are uncertain about the timing for a conservatorship, feel free to contact The Legacy Lawyers to schedule your no-cost consultation. We are truly here to help. Simply call: (714) 963-7543.