Probate lawyers will assist clients in effectively understanding and managing the responsibilities of a conservatorship.
The probate process can be a complex and confusing experience, especially when there are unique circumstances involved that may complicate matters. This is why it is so important to hire a professional probate lawyer when you are dealing with the probate court. A probate lawyer can help clients navigate the requirements and stipulations of the probate process in order to complete the process in the most efficient and effective way.
What Is a Conservator?
One unique circumstance that can occur which may be confusing for families is conservatorship. In fact, many people have never heard of this term until they are required to address it. A conservator is a person who is appointed by the probate court to protect an individual’s assets and financial affairs during the time of their incapacity. This may apply to a minor or an adult and the conservator can be named in advance or may be appointed by a probate court. This person is responsible for managing the estate and financial obligations of the incapacitated person and is given the legal permission to act in their behalf in what is known as the Letters of Conservatorship.
Responsibilities of a conservator may include:
In addition to understanding their obligations to the protected person, it is imperative that the conservator understand the limits of their responsibility. A conservator should never comingle the protected person’s assets with their own and should conduct the financial matters in a reasonable and ethical manner. Furthermore, a conservator will lose all rights to act on behalf of the protected person when the protected person dies.
Professional Assistance is Available
There are ways to ensure the financial matters of the protected person are managed effectively and accurately and a professional probate lawyer can advise on practices that would be helpful depending on each client’s unique circumstances. If you have been named as a conservator or would like to name a conservator for yourself, contact a probate lawyer for assistance.
Our experienced attorneys are committed to providing our clients with the guidance and support that they need to resolve their estate and probate issues. With over five decades serving clients in Southeastern Michigan, the attorneys of Seglund Gabe Pawlak & Groth, PLC have the knowledge and resources to resolve your legal matters.
The laws pertaining to estates, administration of trusts, guardianship and other cases in Probate Court are complex and ever changing. Experienced legal counsel can help navigate the maze of procedures involved in handling a decedent’s estate, guardianship, conservatorship or trust. Contact our team today to set up an initial consultation.
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Wixom, MI 48393
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