Probate Courts appoint guardians and conservators over children under the age of 18 and incapacitated adults when there is no other alternative. In general terms, guardians make decisions about health-related matters and living arrangements and services and conservators manage and protect a person’s assets. When an adult is no longer able to make their own decisions and the adult did not put in place Powers of Attorney or a Health Care Power of Attorney, Probate Court is usually the only alternative to be able to make health care decisions and manage financial/business affairs.
We can help you decide what the best alternative is for you to help your loved one so they can maintain their dignity and independence to the greatest extent possible. This can be a daunting undertaking for you, especially in cases where your aging loved one doesn’t agree that they need help. We know how this process works and can help you navigate through it.