S.S. asks from Los Angeles, CA on December 06, 2011
Are You a Conservator?
What was the process like? What rights do you have now? Thanks!
UPDATE: My mom is mentally ill and incapable of taking care of herself (IMO). The social worker I contacted at Adult Protective Services suggested I become a conservator so that I can force her to either be hospitalized or at least be put in assisted living. I don't know what the process is like to become a conservator and what being a conservator would entail. I'm just looking for some advice from others who may have been through it... thanks in advance,
L.F. answers from Chicago on December 06, 2011
Victoria's gave you a great response. I just want to add that even if you become your mother's conservator, you are NOT financially responsible for your mother. So if all of her money is spent, no one can come after you for any expenses she incurs.
Keep in mind that being a conservator is a lot of work. You have to stay on top of a mountain of paperwork and file her taxes for her. If she qualifies for Medicaid, you will have to fill out all that paperwork for her too. It requires a lot of time and organization. If you are already feeling pulled in a million different directions, don't feel bad if you don't think you're up to the task. Good luck.
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V.T. answers from Dallas on December 06, 2011
I think as far as becoming a conservator, it's filing paperwork with the court, providing medical proof that a conservator is needed, and possibly going to a hearing. It can get messy if your mom contest the conservatorship. As for being a conservator, you make all of her financial and medical decisions for her. I believe you do it under the "supervision" of the courts, as far as I know it's just filing paperwork. They want to make sure you are doing what is right by your mom and not robbing her or mistreating her in anyway. I think your next best step is to talk to an estate planning attorney, they should be able to give you more information.
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J.W. answers from St. Louis on December 06, 2011
What do you mean by conservator? It carries different purposes but the same name?
C.C. answers from Houston on December 06, 2011
Why don't you take her into your home and care for her...that is what I did. I did not want to trust her care to anyone out of my watchful eye.