The Power Of Planning: Legal Tools You Can Use To Avoid Guardianship and Conservatorship

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In last month's issue of The Healthcare Ledger, I discussed the role, purpose and function of guardians and conservators. In this article, I will highlight the important legal documents that must be included in a properly designed plan for the future. They will help you eliminate the need for court-ordered guardians and conservators, and sidestep the potentially wrenching, time consuming and public legal proceedings that can accompany their appointment.

These legal documents include the following: health care proxy, power of attorney and standby guardianship. Understanding these documents, and including them in your planning for the future, is essential to ensure your needs and wishes are carried out if you become unable to handle your own financial, health and other affairs. A health care proxy is a document that legally designates another...

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by: Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley, Esq.

Healthcare Ledger
April 2006

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