Most people believe they are not at risk for conservatorship, but the truth is that if someone has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or suffers from mental illness and does not have a plan in place to support themselves financially, it could happen. Conservatorship is when a court appoints somebody elsecalled a conservator to make decisions regarding finances and living arrangements for another adult who cannot do so on their own. If you think your loved one might be at risk of getting into trouble with conservatorship because of their drug use, now is the time to act before it’s too late!
It is important to know why your loved one needs conservatorship so you can decide if it is something you are able and willing to do. Conservatorship has a negative connotation, but there are many benefits to having a loved one who does not understand how their addiction affects them have the power taken away from them by a court. This
process might seem scary, but if conservatorship is the right move, it will help your loved one get better.
Conservatorship is very complicated and must be done correctly to ensure everything goes smoothly. An attorney can guide you through the process of creating a plan for conservatorship that fits the needs of everyone involved. While it might seem like a big expense, the time and stress you will save by having a plan in place is more than worth it!
In order to have someone conserved, they must have been diagnosed with either an addiction or mental illness. In addition, their disease must be affecting their ability to handle their money and/or daily living arrangements. The first step is to have the conservatee evaluated by a doctor or psychiatrist for this diagnosis. You can also have your own doctor or other mental health professional submit their opinion on whether they believe the person requires conservatorship. This should be done without any financial promises being made to them in return for the evaluation, as it could taint the assessment.
A hearing will then be held in which the judge discusses all of the details with you, your doctor, any witnesses to the conservatee’s condition, and possible family members. An attorney can help ensure this process goes smoothly by preparing you for what will happen at the hearing.
If conservatorship is granted, it can either last for a set length of time or last indefinitely. For example, you could create a conservatorship that lasts for one year and then reevaluates the situation and decides whether to renew it. If someone is completely drug-free and has their life back in order, they might not need to have it renewed!
If your loved one suffers from addiction and you believe they need conservatorship, it’s time to take action before the situation spirals out of control. A good first move would be to learn more about conservatorships by visiting an attorney in your area who specializes in this field. Before deciding whether or not to go forward with the conservatorship, have a list of questions ready to ask as well as all of the details about your loved one that you would like to include in the case.
Once you have everything ready, schedule a consultation with an attorney and bring it along. They can walk you through all of the steps involved and help you determine if this is something that will benefit your loved one and ensure they don’t run into any legal trouble down the road.