Guardianship and Conservatorship

Why Young Adults Need Estate Plans Too

After graduating college and getting your life started, you are filled with pride, excitement and anticipation for your new career and freedom from school. Your last thought is to hire an attorney and prepare an estate plan. It is a …

How Do I Protect My Generous, Impaired Grandparent?

Picture this: your beloved grandfather hands out cash gifts to his three grandchildren every year on their birthdays. Each grandchild receives $100 every year like clockwork. Then, one year, your grandfather gives your cousin $1,000. The next month, he again …

Five Common Questions About Estate Plans Answered

Estate planning can be confusing for many. It can be daunting to contemplate your own demise, but there are many reasons it is important to have an estate plan. An estate plan can prevent placing a larger burden on your …

I've Been Asked To Be a Guardian. What Do I Do?

If you are asked to serve as guardian for either an incapacitated adult or a minor, there are several questions you should ask before accepting this fiduciary role. It is critical to understand what you are signing up for before …

"I Care A Lot" – Could It Happen to Me?

If you’re a probate attorney (or someone with a Netflix account), I expect you’ve seen or heard about the somewhat disturbing film “I Care a Lot.” The movie, which debuted on Netflix in February 2021, is a dark comedy illustrating …

Do I Need to Nominate a Guardian for My Child or Pet?

In the unfortunate situation where you are not available to care for your child or pet, it is prudent to plan ahead by nominating a guardian for your child and/or pet. Advance planning avoids potential court fights over control and …