Conservatorships for Elderly Adults

Handling Conservatorships for Elderly Adults Since 1996

A conservatorship is a voluntary action brought before the courts in New Jersey which enables an appointed conservator (such as an adult child) to take actions such as to make financial transactions on behalf of the protected person. Conservatorships are often appropriate for elderly adults with memory problems. The protected person does not need a full guardianship, but consents to allow a conservator to pay bills and otherwise manage the monetary assets of the elderly family member.

To discuss whether your elderly mother, father, grandmother, grandfather or other family member needs to establish a conservatorship with you or another appointed person, contact Hoyle Law to schedule a confidential meeting at your convenience.

Guardianship or Conservatorship?

When you are trying to determine whether seeking a conservatorship or guardianship is in the best interests of everyone involved, you need an experienced attorney who understands the law, who will help you identify your options, and who will provide you with a clear picture of the consequences of different actions.

Determination and Powers of a Conservatorship

A conservatorship is typically more limited than a guardianship. The conservatorship is a relationship between a caregiver and a person who cannot make decisions for himself or herself, perhaps because of dementia. Unlike a guardianship, a conservatorship does not require a determination of incapacity. Rather, the court determines that the conservatee's decision-making abilities are impaired to such an extent that he or she cannot properly manage financial or personal affairs.

The conservator may be granted powers necessary to assist with decisions including the following:

  • The power and duty to make reasonable payments for the support, maintenance, and education of the conservatee
  • The power and duty to pay lawful debts owed by the conservatee
  • The power and duty to possess and manage the conservatee's assets
  • The power and duty to collect debts owed to the conservatee
  • The power to contract on behalf of the conservatee

Experienced New Jersey Elder Law Attorneys

Hoyle Law, LLC, in Allenhurst has worked with families and their disabled children and adults since 1996, providing counsel and representation in all matters involving guardianships, legal guardians, conservatorship and conservators.

Because of the firm's knowledge of and experience in guardianship matters, other attorneys often retain Hoyle Law's services as an expert witness in guardianship proceedings. The entire firm draws on the experience held by lead attorney, John G. Hoyle III, a Certified Master Guardian, one of only a handful in the state of New Jersey. When you need skill and experience to help you set up a conservatorship for an elderly adult, contact Hoyle Law.