Conservatorship – Elderly woman falls prey to internet scam (contested, Sherburne County):
Client and background: Represented elderly woman whose adult children petitioned for conservatorship after the Client lost a significant amount of money to an internet scam.
Strategy: Try to negotiate with the petitioning children and then proceed to a contested hearing if necessary, in order to allow Client to maintain her independence and not have a conservatorship imposed.
Result: After the adult children presented their case as to why Client needed a conservatorship, Cindi made a motion to dismiss their petition on the basis that they had not met their burden of showing Client was unable to manage her own finances. Judge granted Cindi’s motion to dismiss and the Client was able to continue managing her own finances without court supervision.
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