The Oregon Probate Code defines guardianship as “a legal process to provide protection for adults who are incapacitated.” A “ward” is an incapacitated person who cannot make decisions for themselves, and a “guardian” is a court-appointed person or entity that makes decisions on their behalf. Guardians are appointed to make decisions related to the well-being and care of a person. The responsibilities of a guardian include: Providing for the care, supervision, and protection of the ward:
Arranging medical care for the ward;
Arranging for the placement of the ward in long-term facilities or hospitals;
Making medical decisions.
Conservators are appointed to make decisions related to the ward’s finances. The responsibilities of a Conservator:
Taking possession of all of the ward’s assets;
Making decisions related to the management and investment of those assets;
Collecting rents, claims, and debts owed to the ward;
To enforce the legal obligations owed to the ward;
Defend the ward in any legal actions pending against him.
Guardianships are expensive, time-consuming, and complex. Guardianships and Conservatorships frequently require the assistance of a probate attorney specializing in guardianship law.
The Law Office of Joseph K. Phillips has over 22 year experience in the area of Guardianships, Conservatorships. Please call today for a consultation. (541) 258-7301
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