If your loved one is unable to make and communicate responsible personal decisions, or unable to manage his or her assets, then a guardianship or conservatorship may be necessary. Guardianships and conservatorships are often necessary in the following instances:
- If your developmentally delayed or disabled child is turning 18. Such a “child” will be a legal adult and will be responsible for his own medical, educational and personal decisions, unless you become his legal guardian.
- When an adult gets dementia, Alzheimer’s or other diseases that affect their ability to make their own safe, responsible decisions about their medical care, shelter, nutrition and finances (and they don’t have in place any lesser restrictive alternatives).
- If an adult gets in an accident which has left him debilitated or in a coma and no longer able to communicate decisions about his medical or financial well being (and they don’t have in place any lesser restrictive alternatives).
The whole “guardianship process” likely seems foreign to you. It is complicated and stressful, particularly when you are already dealing with changes with your loved one. The information here is designed to give you some general information about guardianships and conservatorships in Minnesota.
If you need more detailed information, see our Minnesota Guardianship and Conservatorship Law blog or contact Cindi Spence at Spence Legal Services at (763) 682-2247 to further discuss your needs.