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How Estate Planning Can Help Avoid Conservatorships
It is never a pleasant thought to think about what could happen upon the death or sickness of yourself or a loved one, but it is a vitally important issue to deal with. Estate planning is the ability to take control of your future by creating a will, appointing the assignment of power of attorney to a person you deem reliable and even putting together a living will. This allows for you to take precautions should the worst happen to yourself, but it also allows for you to take care of your family upon your death.
While gaining a conservatorship can be an excellent way for a family member or close friend to step up and assume responsibility for an incapacitated loved one , in an ideal world, this complex process can be avoided entirely through a proactive and comprehensive estate planning plan. By utilizing the experience a knowledgeable lawyer from Cho, Sheasby, Chung & Ignacio, LLP steps can be taken to establish a power of attorney (POA) before the worst happens. This is generally preferred as it allows for the person in question to make their own decision while they are still of sound mind.
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If an estate plan was not established and you are seeking conservatorship, we encourage you to get us involved as soon as possible. In cases such as this, who is appointed conservator can have a profound impact. Our firm has seen all too often how a mishandled case can result in an estranged relative gaining the legal authority over a close friend which can result in frustrating decisions and even probate litigation involving bitter fights or masked decisions. To ensure this doesn't happen, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are here to help protect the legal rights of both you and your loved ones.
Have questions about how estate planning can affect conservatorship? Contact a Los Angeles estate planning attorney from our firm as soon as possible!