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Conservatorship Attorney

Conservatorships are designed to benefit family members who are no longer able to make lifestyle, financial and medical decisions. In cases where a disabled child reaches the age of majority, it may be necessary to have a conservator so that the parents can continue to make decisions concerning the well being or safety of the child.  A conservator sees to the care of a physically or mentally disabled or incapacitated adult.

Who Can Become A Conservator

People are appointed conservators over someone else because that person requires special care.  Relatives, spouses, close personal friends, neighbors, or even professional caretakers who wish to care for the conservatee may be appointed as conservator of that person.

 There are, however, procedural matters and additional qualifications which prospective conservators need to meet to be able to serve. Our office can assist you with all the steps in the process and assist you in determining if conservatorship is right for your loved one.

Why A Conservatorship ?

 There are several situations in which the need for a conservatorship may arise. When friends or family members become incapacitated by illness, accident, or advancing age, it may be appropriate to petition the court to appoint a conservator, who will then become responsible for taking charge of their medical and/or financial affairs. Many conservatees are elderly people, who may be suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Other conservatees may be younger, with temporary or permanent mental or physical disabilities.

Types Of Conservatorships


This type of conservatorship is typically used for either older people who may have significant limitations due to aging or Alzheimer's, or younger people who may have suffered serious impairment from an accident.


These are typically set up for adults with developmental disabilities who cannot fully care for themselves, yet at the same time do not require the degree of care provided under a general conservatorship. The developmental disabilities covered include down's syndrome, developmental delays, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and autism that began before the proposed conservatee’s 18th birthday.


These are set up when someone needs immediate help, such that it would be harmful to wait until the conclusion of the conservatorship proceeding to appoint a conservator.

 Conservatorship Overview

A conservatorship is a legal proceeding in which an adult "conservator," or caretaker, is appointed by a judge to manage the affairs and to care for another adult "conservatee" whom the judge determines is unable to perform these tasks for themselves.

There are two types of conservatorships: 1) a conservatorship of the person, and 2)  a conservatorship of the estate. Conservators of the person ensure that the conservatee is properly fed, clothed, and housed. Conservators of the estate are responsible for managing the conservatee’s money and other property. It is possible for a conservator to be either of the person, of the estate, or both.



No matter what your legal need where disabled young adults and seniors are concerned, you can benefit from Patricia C. Van Haren's more than 20 years of experience and reputation for creatingsolutions you can live with. Her conservator law practice is based on proven skills and personal service that get results.

Conservatorship For Loved Ones Who Are Incapacitated

As with families with special needs, there may come a time that your parent or grandparent is unable to care for themselves.  Oftentimes planning for incapacity has been done in advance, however in instances where there has been no estate planning for incapacity, it may be necessary to provide your loved one with medical care or to take over care of their finances. 

Our office handles and coordinates conservatorship matters where your family member may be suffering from Alzheimer's or Dementia. 


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My practice is family law and estate planning. I work with families with young children, children with special needs and families that are seeking guidance and care for a disabled relative. I seek to provide my clients with superior service.

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