Guardianships and Conservatorships
Athens, TN Guardianship Lawyer
In some states, the terms guardianship and conservatorship are used interchangeably. In Tennessee, however, a guardianship and a conservatorship are two separate court-ordered protection services. A guardianship is appointed for minor children whose parents are unable to care for them. In regards to estate planning and probate, parents may elect a guardian in their will or wills in the event that they become unable to care for their minor children. If both parents pass away, and the court approves the guardian the parents elected, said person will be legally responsible for the children's care. Minor children's parents who do not elect a guardian will be cared for by a person or organization that the court selects. Our Athens, TN probate attorney may help parents elect a guardian or conservator for their loved ones.
McMinn County Conservatorships
A conservatorship is a court-ordered service to protect disabled or incapacitated adults. When a person is elected conservator of an individual, they are required to assist the individual with housing, health, and financial decisions. A conservator may also be elected to act as a conservator of an estate, which means they are in charge of managing and protecting the incapacitated or disabled individual's assets and property. Oftentimes, the same person may be appointed conservator of the estate and conservator of the individual. Co-conservators may also be appointed, depending on the situation. A conservator must always act in the ward's best interest, and they are held accountable for the individual's wellbeing. In order to a person to become a conservator, they must file paperwork with the court. A hearing will ensue, and if all parties agree on the person who wishes to be the conservator, the court will elect said person.
Need a Conservatorship or Guardianship Attorney?
Our team at Cantrell & Associates Law, PLLC, may assist residents of Athens, as well as those who live throughout McMinn County, Tennessee with guardianship or conservatorship issues. We can sit down with clients, and help them select the best guardian or conservator for their loved ones. The person a family elects must be financially, physically, and mentally willing to care for minor children or an incapacitated individual. Once a guardian is selected, we may write said person into the parents' will or wills. If a person wishes to be selected as a conservator, our firm has the ability to help them apply for the position. Contact our experienced probate and estate planning firm today!