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The term guardianship is sometimes confused with a conservatorship. In Missouri, a guardianship is a legal relationship allowing one individual to make decisions about the well-being of another individual. The person being guarded can be a child or an adult unable to manage his or her own affairs because of illness, age or mental capacity. In family law, a conservatorship is a legal relationship in which one individual has authority over another individual’s financial affairs. Our Blue Springs guardianship lawyer at the Troy J. Leavitt Law Firm, LLC can help guide you through the legal process.
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Many of the functions of a guardianship or conservatorship can be accomplished using a durable power of attorney or special needs trust, but powers of attorney must be obtained by the vulnerable individual while he or she can still make good decisions. Without legal powers of attorney, establishing a guardianship is the best option for protecting a vulnerable loved one.
Guardianships and conservatorships are not always welcomed. At Troy J. Leavitt Law Firm, LLC, we represent both sides in these proceedings. It is important for would-be guardians to allow the individuals you wish to protect a degree of autonomy so that they can be in charge of their own lives to the extent that they can. We can help you find the right balance of protection and empowerment so that you feel you are providing protection without stifling the person in question. When it is necessary to assume decision-making powers over a vulnerable person, you want an attorney who understands the upsides and downsides of guardianships and conservatorships.