Using The Law To Protect The Vulnerable
As a primary caregiver for an adult or child with special needs, you may face complex challenges when planning for your loved one’s care in the years ahead. Fortunately, there are legal tools that you can use to protect a vulnerable individual’s physical and financial well-being today and in the future.
Establishing a guardianship or conservatorship allows you to select a responsible adult to look after your loved one. In Arizona, there are specific procedures that must be followed to obtain a court order. There are also laws set in place to protect the best interests of the ward, the individual who needs special assistance. The legal professionals at the Law Office of Frank L. Ross understand these processes and laws. Led by attorney Frank L. Ross, the team will help you navigate the legal system and explain your obligations as a conservator or guardian.
Guardians are appointed to look after children who are too young to care for themselves or adults who are unable to live independently. Guardians are often responsible for making decisions that affect the ward’s medical care, education, home life and other aspects of daily life.
Parents or caregivers for adults with special needs use estate planning documents to identify guardians. During family law or divorce conflicts, a guardian, who is not the parent, may be appointed to care for the children on a temporary basis. As an experienced family law and estate planning attorney, Frank L. Ross, is qualified to help clients petition for guardianship or challenge a petition.
Information About Conservatorships
While guardians tend to the daily needs of their wards, conservators manage their wards’ finances and property. Conservators may be appointed to protect the financial interests of children and adults.
If you have been appointed as a conservator, your duties may include:
- Investing your wards’ assets properly
- Paying bills on time
- Submit financial reports with the court
Failing to fulfill your legal obligations can lead to penalties and fines. As your advocate, attorney Ross can educate you on your responsibilities so that you comply with your duties. He has also successfully represented clients contesting appointments and applying for conservatorship.