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A Guide to Probate Conservatorships

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When an adult can no longer handle their everyday affairs, usually a friend or family member is required to step in and take over these tasks. Without a proper conservatorship, the family member’s hands are tied. With a conservatorship, the family is able to care for the loved one and make sure their affairs are being attended to. For the conservatee not only are their assets protected, but they are protected from potential fraud and financial abuse. This guide will educate the reader on what is involved in obtaining a conservatorship, and answer some frequently asked questions. This guide is not meant as a guide for legal advice. If you have any questions you should contact your lawyer.

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									Contents
How to use this guide:......................................................................................................... 2
Do I need a lawyer? ............................................................................................................ 2
How do I find a reputable lawyer? ...................................................................................... 2
Frequently Asked Questions: .............................................................................................. 3
Step-by-Step Instructions to filing a Conservatorship ........................................................ 8
Advantages & Disadvantages ............................................................................................. 8




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HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE:


When an adult can no longer handle their everyday affairs, usually a friend or family
member is required to step in and take over these tasks.                  Without a proper
conservatorship, the family member’s hands are tied. With a conservatorship, the family
is able to care for the loved one and make sure their affairs are being attended to. For the
conservatee not only are their assets protected, but they are protected from potential fraud
and financial abuse. This guide will educate the reader on what is involved in obtaining a
conservatorship, and answer some frequently asked questions. This guide is not meant as
a guide for legal advice. If you have any questions you should contact your lawyer.


DO I NEED A LAWYER?


It is possible to fill out the forms and represent yourself in court. However because of the
complex nature of conservatorships it is wise to seek the advice of an attorney.


HOW DO I FIND A REPUTABLE LAWYER?


         If you have decided to retain a lawyer, you will want to find a firm and lawyer
with plenty of experience and a great track record. Make sure that you find a lawyer that
specializes in estate planning.            The legal field is vast, and a lawyer needs to be
specialized in a particular field. Some lawyers may take any type of case just to keep the
money coming in, but they are not necessarily well versed in one particular subject.


         Check your phone book, the internet, your local bar association or word of mouth
to get the names of a few good lawyers. Most will meet for you the first time for free.
Use this time to interview them. What is their experience, how much do they charge, and
what can you expect to get for your money by hiring them?




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