Guardianships and Conservatorships
The laws in Massachusetts pertaining to Guardianships and Conservatorships can be quite confusing. We can help you understand the difference between the two and assist you in deciding whether one or the other, or both, are appropriate for your loved one.
A Guardian may be appointed by the court to care for a person who cannot care for himself or herself. This includes children under the age of eighteen as well as adults who lack the ability to care for themselves. In the event an emergency exists, we can petition the court on your behalf to appoint you, or another appropriate person, as a Temporary Guardian until a Permanent Guardianship can be established.
A Conservator is appointed by the court to protect the finances of a person who is unable to manage his/her own property or business affairs. This includes minors as well as adults who lack the ability to evaluate financial information and to make or communicate informed decisions with regard to their income or assets. In the event the matter involving your loved one is urgent, we can petition the court on your behalf to appoint you, or another appropriate person, as a Temporary Conservator, while your petition for Permanent Conservatorship is pending.