Do you have a child with disabilities who is approaching the age of 18? If so, it may be in your child’s best interest to establish a conservatorship before an emergency occurs.
Why is it important to establish a conservatorship?
Once your child reaches the age of 18, they are treated as an adult in the eyes of the law. While legally, your child may be an adult, it is possible your child is incompetent of making the right, healthy decision. If you are their conservator, you will have a say in important matters such as estate planning and finances.
When is a conservator needed?
When a person with disabilities is not able to take care of their finances or estate, a conservatorship needs to be established.
Who can become a conservator?
To become a conservator some qualifications include:
- A resident of the United States
- Over the Age of 18
- Of sound mind
- Have not been convicted of a felony
What are the duties of a conservator?
The primary responsibilities of a conservator are:
- To manage and protect the person’s property
- To report periodically to the Court about the assets, receipts and disbursements of the person’s property.
How do I become a conservator?
Generally, it will take between one and three moths for a conservatorship to be legally established through the Court. You will be appointed by a judge after a hearing where various professionals indicate the medial and social status of the allegedly incapacitated adult who requires a conservator.