Guardianships & Conservatorships
Do you need an attorney for a guardianship or conservatorship in northern Virginia? Guardianships and conservatorships are created to protect the well-being of an incapacitated individual. They are legal relationships that are established between the disabled person and the appointed guardian and conservator. The Virginia circuit court is put in charge of selecting trusted individuals to take on the role of a guardian and conservator.
If you have been appointed as a guardian or conservator in Virginia, or your loved one is in need of one, HALE BALL MURPHY, PLC Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC is here to steer you in the right direction. We understand the importance of making sure that your incapacitated loved one stays protected and we are committed to guiding you through the legal processes or litigation involved. We are also happy to assist with creating a will to avoid dying intestate.
CONTESTED GUARDIANSHIPS & CONSERVATORSHIPS
Dealing with a legal issue involving a child with special needs, disabled adult or elderly family member can be extraordinarily stressful. Families sometimes disagree over who should be in charge of an elderly or disabled family member and end up in court. We are experienced in litigating contested guardianship and conservatorship actions.
We can help you see that your loved one is protected and that an appropriate person is appointed by the court to care for them. As experienced estate planning lawyers, we are able to provide you with the necessary tools and information to resolve complex guardianship and conservatorship disputes. Our attorneys are also equipped to handle other matters, such as preventing the exploitation of elderly loved ones and helping disabled adults in court with child custody cases and Medicaid planning.
INSURANCE SETTLEMENTS & SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS
When a child or adult suffers permanent disability because of an accident or brain injury and receives a substantial insurance settlement or court-awarded financial compensation, it is often important to move quickly to establish a conservatorship. A conservatorship can enable you to funnel the settlement into a special needs trust for the benefit of your disabled loved one. Having a special needs trust in place may enable your loved one to maintain eligibility for much needed public benefits.
Speaking with an attorney who deals with these issues on a regular basis can be a great help and provide you with a calming sense of perspective. We take pride in delivering quality legal service to clients when a family member cannot make their own medical or financial decisions. We provide knowledgeable guidance to guardians and conservators in keeping up with the initial inventory and ongoing accounting reports.
If you have been appointed guardian or are seeking to establish a guardianship for a loved one in Virginia, contact us. We can walk you through precisely what is involved and what you need to do.
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