Los Angeles Conservatorship Attorney
Are you seeking the conservatorship of a loved one?
There are unfortunate circumstances where the abilities of an adult become impaired to the point where they are unable to take care of themselves. Common examples of such situations include individuals suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia. In these situations, the adult will eventually become unable to make decisions regarding their health and medical concerns, and they will incapable of assuming responsibility for the care of their property and assets. It is for this reason that the legal role of conservatorship was created.
Understanding Conservatorship in California
In the state of California, the term "conservatorship" refers to the authority that is given to an adult who takes responsibility for the care of another adult who is unable to do so for themselves. The role of conservatorship is granted by court order. There are two types of conservatorship that can be assigned: Lanterman Petris-Short (LPS) conservatorship—which is named after the 1967 act of the same name—or probate conservatorship. The California Welfare and Institutions Code
(WIC) §5350-5372 list all relative laws regarding conservatorship for gravely disable persons.
WIC §5008(h) defines "gravely disabled" as a person who is "unable to provide for his or her basic personal needs for food, clothing, or shelter," or who is "mentally incompetent" according to California law.
How a Conservatorship Lawyer Could Help
At Cho, Sheasby, Chung & Ignacio, LLP, we recognize how complex the process can be to gain conservatorship of an adult, as well as guardianship over minors in certain circumstances. Should you choose to work with a
Los Angeles conservatorship attorney from our firm, you will be able to rest assured knowing that you will have an advocate on your side that will walk you through the entire conservatorship process and help explain the different areas of the law. No matter whether you have questions about proactive steps taken through
estate planning and the establishment of a
power of attorney or even if you have questions about what can be done should the conservatorship be
contested, you can trust in us.
Guardianships, Conservatorships & Power of Attorney in LA
When you are dealing with the well-being of a loved one, you need to be confident that you are doing everything possible to ensure that they are taken care of. At Cho, Sheasby, Chung & Ignacio, LLP, we have the knowledge necessary to expedite the process, not matter which type of conservatorship you are seeking to obtain, including the limited conservatorship in the case of DD (developmentally disabled) adults. When it comes to LPS conservatorship, we have a detailed knowledge of the legal process and could build a strong case on your behalf. Without competent legal representation, you could be denied your request and your loved one could be placed in the care of someone else.
LPS conservatorships start off with a "trial period" of 30 days before the conservatee is reevaluated to determine if he or she is still in need of care. For this reason, it is important to maintain the services of a caring and capable attorney who will ensure that you are continually granted the right to care for you loved one, indefinitely or until their health improves to the point where they can care for themselves once more. To learn for yourself how we could provide excellent legal counsel and representation in this area, call our offices for a free initial consultation.
Our firm could also represent you in requesting probate conservatorship. Unlike LPS cases, probate conservatorship does not have a trial period and is generally a permanent responsibility. If you are unsure which kind of conservatorship to purse, don't hesitate to ask a helpful member of our legal team. We would love to speak with you and answer any questions you may have so that you can make a confident and educated decision. Probate conservatorship can be split into two areas. A "conservator of the person" is given the authority to decide where a conservatee will live, whereas a "conservator of the estate" makes decisions regarding a conservatee's property.
It is vitally important that you educate yourself on each of these options in order to ensure that you make the most beneficial decision, both for you and for the person over whom you will have conservatorship. It is equally as important for you to find and retain a Los Angeles conservatorship lawyer with the skill and experience to provide excellent counsel and representation. Cho, Sheasby, Chung & Ignacio, LLP has been in practice for over eight years and has handled numerous trial cases across Southern California. To learn how we could help you in your case, contact a member of our legal team today.
Contact a Conservatorship Lawyer in Los Angeles
If you would like to learn more about how we could help, or if you would like to get the answers to some of the most frequently asked conservatorship questions, please do not hesitate to consult with our firm. We are proud to serve clients throughout the Los Angeles community, as well as across the entirety of Southern California. As this is a highly emotional area of the law, you can trust that we will provide you with sophisticated and professional guidance, looking out for your best interests in every way possible. Do not hesitate to
contact a Los Angeles conservatorship attorney from our firm right away if you are seeking the legal authority to care for the well-being of a loved one.