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Guardianship & Conservatorship Lawyer in Phoenix

Estate Planning Attorneys Protecting Your Loved Ones

At Thies & Lihn, PLLC, we provide solutions for individuals and families who have a loved one who is no longer capable of making sound and informed financial decisions to ensure that your family member or loved one receive the necessary care they require. When your family member or loved one is no longer able to manage their personal affairs, it is important to take the necessary legal action to protect their interests. We will give you the guidance and assistance to take the important legal step of petitioning for a guardianship or conservatorship.

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Guardianship

Judges will designate a guardian to make important decisions for people who cannot do so for themselves because an illness, disability, substance abuse problem, or is otherwise incapacitated. Once the court deems an individual incapacitated and is now under the state system, they then refer to them as a "ward of the state." The designated guardian can then make decisions for the ward that have to do with housing, education, medical care, clothing, and social activities.

An “incapacitated person” may be incapable of managing some or all of their personal affairs and decision making due to a mental or physical disability including:

  • Elderly adults in assisted living, nursing, or group homes
  • Adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
  • Special needs adults and children
  • Disabled adults and children

Conservatorship

In a conservatorship, decisions are made concerning money and property. In these situations, a judge will appoint an individual or financial institution to manage money and assets for another individual deemed now a "protected person".

The judge may appoint a conservator when the judge determines two things:

To appoint a conservator, a judge needs to determine one of the following two things:

  • The person to be protected is not able to manage his or her assets with any effectiveness.
  • The person to be protected is in position of assets that are in danger of being squandered.

There will be no appointed conservator until a judge has determined one after a hearing. Conservatorships can be temporary, or longer term, arrangements, depending on the needs of the protected person and the judgment of the court.

Don’t leave your loved one’s care to chance. If you have a family member that is no longer able to manage their own affairs, it is important to take the necessary legal steps to protect their interests. Our Phoenix guardianship attorneys at Thies & Lihn, PLLC can discuss your family’s situation and recommend, and implement, the best plan to ensure that your loved ones remain protected.

Contact our team today by calling (602) 900-9860.

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