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Seeking Guardianship and/or Conservatorship in Oregon

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					SEEKING GUARDIANSHIP AND/OR
   CONSERVATORSHIP IN OREGO
Protecting an Elderly Loved One
The Greying of America
Life expectancy in America has risen
   significantly in recent decades
Living longer, however, increases the
risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s or
  another dementia related illness
If you have an elderly family member
  or loved one who needs protecting
 you may need to petition to become
       guardian or conservator
Dementia Statistics
 Alzheimer’s is not the only dementia
related illness nor is dementia the only
           cause of incapacity;

     however, statistics relating to
Alzheimer’s provide a glimpse into how
      common guardianship and
 conservatorships will be in the future
 Alzheimer’s is not the only dementia
related illness nor is dementia the only
           cause of incapacity;

     however, statistics relating to
Alzheimer’s provide a glimpse into how
      common guardianship and
 conservatorships will be in the future
Guardianship Explained
A GUARDIAN is someone who is
 legally appointed by a court to
  protect a “protected person”
In this case, the “protected person” is your
elderly family member or loved one
Guardian has legal authority and control
      over the protected person –
 not the assets or estate of the person
  Guardian makes daily decisions for the
protected person such as where he/she will
  live or which doctor he/she treats with
Extent of Authority Granted in
        Guardianship
Conservatorship Explained
  A CONSERVATOR is appointed by a
court to protect the estate of a protected
                  person
Extent of Authority Granted in a
        Conservatorship
Incapacity Defined
 For a court to consider guardianship
and/or conservatorship the court must
  first determine that the proposed
  protected person is incapacitated
ORS 125.005 defines “incapacitated” as:


“a condition in which a person´s ability to receive
and evaluate information effectively or
communicate decisions is impaired to such an
extent that the person presently lacks the capacity
to meet the essential requirement for the person´s
physical health or safety.”
Guardianship/Conservatorship
        Proceedings
      Deciding to seek
guardianship/conservatorship
       is a difficult one
Once you have made the decision, the
         process includes:
  Fulfilling Role of
Guardian/Conservator
    Court issues letters of
guardianship/conservatorship
Court will retain oversight
 You will need to report to court
periodically to ensure that you are
     fulfilling your duties and
 responsibilities in an acceptable
               manner
Learn More About Guardianship
    and/or Conservatorship
      in Portland Oregon

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Description: If you have an elderly family member or loved one who needs protecting you may need to petition to become guardian or conservator. Learn more about guardianship and/or conservatorship in Portland Oregon in this presentation.