A guardianship/conservatorship is a form of necessary legal protection for some people who are deemed unable to care for or provide for themselves. There are several classifications of people who can fall into this category, and for various reasons. They can include minor children, persons injured in an accident, persons suffering from incapacitating illnesses or conditions or others who for legitimate reasons cannot take care of themselves. This can also include persons who are prone to be victims of fraud or other undue external influences.

Guardians and the State of Minnesota

Legal guardianship or conservatorship in Minnesota places an individual, also known as a ward or protected person, under the supervision and care of another person, also known as the guardian. The guardian is charged with the responsibility to making decisions regarding the care of the ward or protected person. This specifically includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Choosing and maintaining a place of residence
  • Providing informed consent for and supervision of medical treatment
  • Consenting to and supervising non-medical services such as education, psychiatric or behavioral counseling
  • Making end-of-life decisions
  • Paying debts and other expenses
  • Gathering and protecting assets
  • Managing income, insurance and benefits
  • Maintaining the protected person’s autonomy and privacy
  • Reporting on guardianship activities to the court when required

Establishing a Guardianship/Conservatorship

Segal Duffek Moen PLLC is a law firm in Minneapolis that is experienced with Minnesota guardianships/conservatorships and we can help you throughout the entire process. You will need legal representation and counsel as you decide the correct type of guardianship, prepare the petition for guardianship and proceed through the court hearings and decisions. In fact, you will require seasoned legal assistance throughout your journey as a legal guardian/conservator for another person.

We know that you only want what is best for your loved one, and we can assist you with many aspects of this responsibility, helping you achieve a deep emotional satisfaction as you provide the best care possible. Contact our office in Minneapolis today and schedule a guardianship/conservatorship consultation with one of our compassionate attorneys.