As soon as we turn eighteen years old, we are presumed to be fully capable of making our own financial, medical, and personal decisions. Unfortunately, however, whether because of a recent cognitive decline or a cognitive disability, not all adults are capable of making their own financial, medical or personal decisions. Should a loved one become incapacitated without proper estate planning in place, having a legally appointed guardian to oversee medical and personal decisions--or a conservator to guide financial decisions--is a necessity.
Hook Law offers the extensive, wide-ranging expertise you need to help avoid the need for a court-appointed guardian or conservator in the estate planning process, but we also assist many clients in pursuing a guardianship for incapacitated loved ones who did not properly plan in advance. Seeking the appointment of a guardian and conservator in the Commonwealth of Virginia can be complex due to the various statutory requirements that require the expertise and attention to detail our attorneys can provide.
A guardianship and conservatorship is legal appointment determined by the court, which gives the guardian or conservator the authority to oversee the care of an incapacitated adult and to make and assist with important medical and financial decisions for an incapacitated adult. An incapacity may occur when someone suffers from a cognitive decline due to dementia, a major stroke or severe mental illness, or another condition which affects the person’s decision-making process.
Guardians and conservators can help protect a vulnerable loved one.
- Elder Abuse – Seek appointment a guardian to make decisions for a loved one to look out for his or her well-being.
- Financial Abuse – Seek appointment a conservator to make financial decisions on a loved one’s behalf who can help protect him or her from people who take advantage of others.
- Undue Influence – If you suspect someone is using their role and power to exploit a loved one’s trust and dependency, Hook Law Center attorneys can help.
A sudden injury or illness can prompt a steep decline in your life no matter your age or finances. That’s why planning ahead is so essential. The reality is, there may come a time in your life when you are no longer able to care for yourself, your money or your property. So who will? Where will you live? Who will watch over your health, your finances, your personal affairs? If you are the parent of an adult child with special needs, who will ensure their care and happiness? Hook Law Center attorneys offer years of experience seeking the appointment of legal guardians and conservators to make complex legal issues easy to understand. Contact Hook Law Center today.