How Can a Conservator be Avoided?
If you become incapacitated due to an illness or an injury, a court may end up appointing someone to make financial and health decisions on your behalf. This person is known as a conservator. However, there are steps you can take now to avoid a conservator being appointed if something unfortunate were to happen to you.
One option is to sign a Power of Attorney document. This allows you to authorize a person whom you trust to handle your assets and make any health care decisions if you become incapacitated.
Another option is to place your assets into a living trust. This way, your assets are automatically under the management of a designated person, known as a trustee, in the event that something happens to you.
Finally, you may want to consider creating an advanced health care directive. This gives instructions for what to do in the event you are on life support. In addition to taking this power out of the hands of a conservator, it also saves your family from having to be faced with this decision.
It is a good idea to consult with a lawyer before something happens to you. An experienced attorney can help advise you on the best course of action to take and avoid any potential problems before they happen.
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Last Modified: 01-17-2013 03:53 PM PST
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