Guardianship & Conservatorship
If your loved one reaches a stage in life where they are no longer able to make important decisions for themselves, and there is no effective power of attorney in place, it may be necessary for a court to appoint a guardian to oversee your personal affairs. In addition, in Virginia there is a process referred to as conservatorship, where the court appoints you as conservator, allowing you access to bank and other accounts, so you can write checks, pay bills, and generally manage your loved one’s finances.
In addition, conservatorships may be necessary to manage financial resources that have been transferred to a minor, or to allow the parents of disabled minor children approaching age 18 to continue to care for the physical and financial resources of their adult children.
Unfortunately, guardianships may also be necessary to protect a loved one from exploitation by unscrupulous or misguided people.
If you need assistance in seeking guardian or conservatorship over a loved one, Stapleton Elder Law can provide you with the expert counsel and representation to ensure proper care of all aspects of your loved one’s health, well-being, and financial security.