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Guardianship & Conservator
A guardian is someone appointed by a court or legal document such as a will, to make
decisions for someone (the "ward") who cannot make decisions on their own behalf. A
guardianship requires that someone act on behalf of and protect the ward during the
period of time when the ward is incapable of acting for him/herself. Reasons for a
guardianship include: a mental or physical disability, disease, addiction, or when a minor
has no adult or other family member to make certain decisions.
Guardianship in Massachusetts consists of two parts: 1) Guardianship, protecting the
ward and their health; and 2) Conservatorship, protecting the ward’s assets. These may
or may not be the same person. Additionally, a guardianship requires and expanded
Medical Certificate and Plan of Care, which must be filed within 30 days of appointment.
We can help you and your family with the proper filing of these important
documents and establishing the type of plan that suits your unique circumstances.
Contact us to find out more about guardianship for minor children and grandchildren, or to
establish funding options for ageing in place such as reverse mortgages, and Medicare
benefits for long term care. Contact us today to find out more about how
to establish a proper guardianship for your loved one.
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