When your parent has a will or no estate planning at all, you may have to go through a court process called a Conservatorship in order to help an aging parent. A conservatorship is a legal proceeding to appoint someone (conservator) to care for the personal needs of an incapacitated person (conservatee) and his or her assets. The conservator becomes responsible for making decisions for the conservatee when the conservatee cannot make decisions for herself.
If you are considering a conservatorship for a loved one and want to take on the role of the conservator, you will need legal representation in court. The court process determines if the person qualifies to be conserved, and if you are the right person to take care of their personal and financial affairs. If you are chosen and the court appoints you, then you have a responsibility to care of your loved one and protect their assets. This could include taking care of every aspect of their lives, including making their medical decisions.
If you want to talk about the ways in which you can provide help to your aging parents, contact Bridget Mackay Law Offices today at 707-769-9975.