When an individual is either too young to make certain legal decisions, or is incapacitated to the extent that they can no longer care for their own interests, the court may appoint someone to make decisions on another’s behalf.
Someone who may need a guardian or conservator might not be able to meet personal needs or make sound decisions relating to medical care, personal care, diet and nutrition, shelter and safety, or take care of their own personal finances, even with help. A court may appoint a legal guardian and/or conservator to make decisions for another person in some, but not all, areas of a that person’s life.
In a guardianship or conservatorship, the person who needs help does not lose certain important rights, like the right to maintain personal privacy, the right to be treated with respect, and the right to be treated as a unique individual with unique needs. The attorneys at Gjesdahl Law help their clients in deciding what type of guardianship or conservatorship may be appropriate, as well as providing guidance in all stages of guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.