Conservatorship Attorney in Bloomington

Helping Families in Minneapolis, Edina, and Richfield Care for Their Loved Ones

Navigating conservatorships can be a complex and sensitive matter, one that requires careful consideration and professional guidance. At Sandahl & Damhof, our qualified conservatorship lawyers in Bloomington understand the intricacies of situations involving conservatorships and are committed to assisting you every step of the way.

We provide personalized solutions that prioritize the best interests of both adults and minors, ensuring their welfare and financial affairs are managed with utmost care and responsibility. If you have questions or need assistance with a conservatorship matter, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Your peace of mind is our priority.

Call Sandahl & Damhof (612) 421-0991 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable Bloomington conservatorship lawyer. We also serve Minneapolis, Edina, Richfield, and beyond.

What Is a Conservatorship?

A conservatorship is a court-ordered arrangement that allows someone or something to assume control of another person’s financial and personal affairs. A conservatorship empowers a selected individual, known as a conservator, to make financial and personal decisions on behalf of the person who needs assistance.

A conservatorship can be temporary or permanent, and it can be established for a person of any age. A temporary conservatorship is often established for a person who is recovering from a serious illness or injury. A permanent conservatorship is often established for a person who is unable to make sound financial or personal decisions due to a physical or mental disability. A person who is unable to make sound decisions is often referred to as being “incompetent.”

A conservatorship is distinct from a willtrust, or probate. A conservatorship, on the other hand, can be established concurrently with the creation of a will, trust, or other estate plan. In a will or trust, a conservator can be nominated to carry out the contents of the will or trust on behalf of the individual who requires assistance.

What Is a Guardian?

A conservatorship and guardianship, while sharing similarities, serve distinct purposes within the realm of legal care and responsibility. In contrast to a conservator who oversees the affairs of an incapacitated adult, a guardian steps into a different role, focusing on the welfare of a minor child. This appointment becomes crucial when unfortunate circumstances, such as the passing of a parent or their inability to provide care, arise. Additionally, guardianships become essential when suitable family members are unavailable or when, regrettably, family members are deemed unfit for the child’s care. Understanding these nuances is vital when navigating the intricate landscape of legal care arrangements for both adults and minors.

Unlike a conservator, a guardian is appointed to care for a child for a limited time. A guardian is appointed to care for a child until the child reaches the age of majority, which is 18 years old in Minnesota. However, a guardian can be appointed to care for a child until the child reaches the age of 25 if the child is attending college.

What Are the Benefits of a Conservatorship?

A conservatorship can be beneficial for a person who needs assistance and for the family members who care for that person. By establishing a conservatorship, the person who needs assistance can receive the care and support they need without losing control of their financial affairs.

To learn more about how a conservatorship can help your family care for a loved one, please contact our experienced Bloomington conservatorship lawyers attorneys at Sandahl & Damhof by calling (612) 421-0991 or contacting us online.