GUARDIANSHIPS & CONSERVATORSHIPS
When someone becomes disabled or incapacitated, typically a family member steps in to care for and make decisions for him or her. At Gragert & Hiebertin Wichita, Kansas, we understand how difficult and stressful these situations can be, and we are here to help you navigate through the legal issues. Establishing a guardianship or conservatorship will allow you to make important decisions regarding your loved one's health care, living arrangements, finances and other areas.
Many of our clients come to us for representation during family disputes. If you are involved in a conflict involving any of the following issues, contact us for assistance:
- Undue influence of an incapacitated person
- Power of attorney taking advantage of an incapacitated person
- Guardianship disputes
During such highly emotional situations, our qualified and caring lawyers will guide you through the legal issues and lead you to a resolution. As a mediator, Attorney David L. Hiebert draws upon extensive experience, helping parties come to agreements that are in the best interests of everyone involved.
For parents of children with mental disabilities, establishing guardianship is important prior to the child reaching the age of 18. Guardianships are also frequently used by family members of adults who become incapacitated unexpectedly. Many of our clients desire their family members to remain as independent as possible.
Our Wichita guardianship lawyers will help you explore new avenues available to help your parent, child or other family member to lead a fulfilling life while receiving the protection and care he or she needs.
If you or someone else has been appointed as a guardian ad litem for a family member, you probably have many questions. Contact our attorneys to find out what this means for your loved one and your family.
A conservatorship allows an individual to make all financial decisions for a person who cannot do so for himself or herself. This can include paying bills, managing debts and making business decisions.
The Other Side To Guardianships And Conservatorships
Guardianships and conservatorships solve problems for some families but they are wrong for others. Some individuals protected this way suffer the loss of key rights, such as voting. The fact is, one can have some cognitive problems and still write a legal will. It is important to choose the approach that is right for the individual in question.
At Gragert & Hiebert, we defend individuals who feel that these protections are not right for them. Sometimes a better choice is a simple family trust, which sets aside money without encumbering or disenfranchising the individual.
To learn more about guardianships and conservatorships — pro and con — call Gragert & Hiebertat 316-712-4680 or contact us online today.