Bend Conservatorship Lawyers
Seeking Appointment as Conservator for Your Loved One
In Oregon, conservatorship is when the court appoints a person or third party to manage the financial affairs of someone unable to effectively do so themselves. The person appointed is called the conservator, and the individual whose assets and property are being managed is called a "protected person." Becoming a conservator requires submitting a petition with the court and providing evidence that the individual in question needs someone to handle their finances for them. The process can be long, daunting, and confusing.
If you are seeking to be appointed conservator of your loved one's financial affairs, reach out to Baxter Harder, LLC for the legal guidance you need. Our Bend attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience and are well-versed in the laws concerning this process. We'll explain each step in understandable terms, describe the rights and duties of a conservator, and guide you throughout.
How Do I Become a Conservator?
To be appointed a conservator for an adult who is unable to manage their finances on their own, you must submit a petition with the court. The petition must include the reason conservatorship is needed and present facts that support this claim.
Before deciding whether or not to appoint you as conservator, the court will review all information to determine if the person is incapable of managing their finances. The individual and others can object to your request. If such occurs, the court will hold a hearing to allow all interested parties to present evidence to back their assertions.
If there are no objections to your petition or the court decides that the individual needs to be designated a protected person and you are capable of handling their financial affairs, the judge will grant your request.
At Baxter Harder, LLC, we can help you prepare and submit your petition for conservatorship and guide you through the hearing process.
What Are the Duties of a Conservator?
A conservator has various duties and must ensure they are managing the protected person's finances, property, and assets with integrity and with a focus on the best interests of the individual.
The conservator's legal duties include:
- Posting a surety bond to secure the conservator's promise to uphold their duties
- Taking inventory of the protected person's assets and submitting the information to the court
- Transferring assets to the conservatorship
- Protecting the assets
- Filing an annual account with the court, detailing expenses paid or income received on behalf of the protected person
- Obtaining permission from the court before taking certain actions pertaining to the protected person's assets, property, and finances
Our Bend lawyers are here to help you understand the duties of a conservator and are available to answer your questions.
Schedule Your Consultation with Baxter Harder, LLC Today
If your loved one is unable to manage their finances on their own, finding a solution to ensure their funds aren't mismanaged is essential. Our team understands this, which is why we work efficiently to help you through the conservatorship process. From the beginning of the matter until its conclusion, we'll be by your side, providing the sound guidance you need to make informed decisions about how to proceed.
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