What We Do As A Guardian or Conservator
A Guardian or a Conservator is a court appointed decision maker. We are empowered to care for and protect the rights of our clients including the prevention of abuse, exploitation, or self-neglect.
A Guardian is given court authority to make decisions regarding the personal affairs including medical, health, and residential for someone who cannot make these types of decisions because of an injury, illness, or disability.
As the Guardian, we exercise only those powers granted by the court which may include
- Determining where the client lives and to make sure that his or her needs are being met including their care, comfort, and maintenance needs
- Taking reasonable care of and safeguarding the client’s personal property
- consenting to and monitoring medical treatment while keeping forefront the wishes of the client. This often includes accompanying the client to medical and/or therapy appointments.
- Advocating on behalf of the client for housing/living arrangements, employment and/or training. We do this while maximizing the client’s independence in the least restrictive manner.
- Ensuring and applying on behalf of the ward for any assistance or benefits he or she is entitled to including Social Security, Veterans benefits, Medicare, and/or Medical Assistance
A Conservator is given court authority to make decisions regarding the financial affairs of a person who cannot make these types of decisions because of an injury, illness, or disability.
As the Conservator, we exercise only those powers granted by the court which may include
- Paying reasonable charges for the support, maintenance, and/or the education of the client
- The duty to pay lawful debts out of the client’s estate
- The duty to manage the estate and collect all debts and claims in favor of the client
- The authority to approve or withhold approval of any contract except for necessities
- Applying on the behalf of the client for assistance, services, or benefits available, including Social Security, Veterans benefits, Medicare, and/or Medical Assistance
- The power to revoke durable power of attorney
When making decisions on behalf of our clients, we fully consider the client’s wishes, the risks, benefits, and available alternatives.