A Public guardianship or conservatorship is where the State or an unrelated third party and not you or a family member takes control of your life. What began as a humane way to handle someones affairs, has warped into a predatory practice of stripping one of their money and their rights.
• the right to contract, including the right to choose a lawyer;
• the right to control their assets and make financial decisions;
• the right to remain in their own home and protect it from sale;
• the right to protect and enjoy their personal property;
• the right to choose where to live;
• the right to accept or refuse medical treatment, including psychotropic drugs;
• the right to decide their social environments and contacts;
• the right to assure prompt payment of taxes and liabilities;
• the right to vote;
• the right to drive;
• the right to marry; and
• the right to complain.
Possible alternatives to a public or full conservatorship include, but are not limited to: establishment of trusts; voluntary or limited conservatorships; representative payees; revocable living trusts; durable powers of attorney; and custodial trust arrangements.
In addition to protecting the interests of the elder, such alternative arrangements avoid court action, delay, and expense. Additionally, related parties may be able to use social service agencies and volunteer organizations to help persons requiring assistance, or the court may ratify individual transactions rather than impose a conservatorship.
The Meyer Law Firm is vigilant in its protection of the civil rights of our elders and at-risk adults. If you or a loved one is in this situation call Rhett right away–303-444-1618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.