When you have a loved one who lacks the ability to care for their own physical or financial well-being, it may be necessary to obtain a guardianship or conservatorship to protect him or her. If these legal mechanisms are already in place, but the appointed guardians or conservators are abusing their power, legal action against them may be appropriate. Conversely, conservators and guardians who have had their authority or actions challenged need assertive legal representation.
Whatever your guardianship or conservatorship-related needs may be, The Service Law Offices can help. Our experienced team offers full-service representation to clients in guardianship and conservatorship cases in the Kansas City Metro area, as well as throughout surrounding counties in Missouri. We carefully assess each client’s individual goals and situation and then implement a well-formed plan to help them obtain, challenge or defend guardianships and conservatorships of their family members and loved ones.
Guardianships give a person legal control over someone’s health and well-being. Typically guardianships are granted in situations involving elderly relatives (especially if Alzheimer’s disease or other degenerative conditions are present), mentally handicapped adults or minor children.
Challenges to guardianships and conservatorships come about due to many different reasons. Commonly, these disputes involve one party attempting to have a guardian’s or conservator’s authority transferred to themselves. For example, if a grandparent was granted guardianship over a minor child because the child’s parent was in prison, but the parent is now free, the parent may seek to have the guardianship authority returned to him or her.
Other common causes of disputes include allegations of exploiting a vulnerable person and misuse of funds.
Conservatorships arise in the same situations as guardianships but relate to a person’s finances. Someone who is named as a conservator does not have to be named as a guardian, although holding both roles is allowable.