Guardianship & Conservatorship
“Guardianship” refers to the legal process whereby a person is appointed by a probate court to make certain decisions about the care of another individual who is either mentally or physically disabled, ill or incapacitated.
“Conservatorship” refers to the legal process whereby a person or financial institution is appointed by the probate court to handle an individual’s property and financial affairs. Sometimes the same person serves as both guardian and conservator. Once appointed, a conservator takes title to and manages the individual’s assets.
We understand that making the decision to take over the affairs of a loved one can be a personally and emotionally difficult process for all parties involved. We are here to help you through this challenging time and ensure that everything is handled in the easiest and least stressful manner possible.
Whether the Guardian or Conservator is a relative, a friend, a professional or a volunteer, this is a very important job with huge responsibilities. Since the abilities and disabilities of each person differ, when guardianship is granted, the powers of the guardian should be tailored to the needs of the individual. So, in any guardianship, there are certain powers the guardian has, and certain rights kept by the individual.
In general, what are the duties of a guardian?
Michigan law states a guardian is responsible for the individual’s “care, custody, and control.”Unless limited by the court order, the guardian’s powers and duties generally include the responsibility to:
• Determine where the individual lives
• Make provision for his or her care and comfort, including food, clothing and shelter
• Obtain services to achieve the best possible state of well-being
• Return the individual to self-management, if and when possible
• Authorize or refuse medical treatment
• Take care of clothing, furniture, vehicles and other belongings
• If a conservator is not appointed, receive money due the individual and use it for his or her needs.
Experienced probate attorney Justin Vande Vrede and the lawyers at Lakeside Legal Group have successfully represented numerous individuals in guardianship matters. They will offer you compassionate advice & caring representation at affordable rates, to ensure that your rights are protected & you get the best results.
For a FREE CONSULTATION with an experienced guardianship attorney, call Lakeside Legal Group today: 586-469-0900.
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