Guardianship Attorney in Torrance
Treating All Family Members with Dignity and Respect
When an elderly or disabled loved one has trouble taking care of themselves,
the situation can be exceedingly stressful on families. Relatives are
often concerned for the person's safety and finances, and sometimes
the person in need is opposed to receiving help. In those situations,
family members may feel powerless, worried and distressed. The dedicated Torrance
estate planning lawyers at the
Law Offices of James C. Shields work every day to help families care for their relatives in need with
dignity and respect.
Guardianships & Conservatorships in CA
Some courts use the terms "guardian" and "conservator"
are interchangeably; in other courts, a guardian is in charge of a person
and a conservator is in charge of finances. In California, a guardian
usually refers to a non-parent who has custody and control of a minor
child. Parents' testamentary
wills may name guardians, or a court of law can appoint them.
Conservators are appointed when an elderly person or adult with special
needs can no longer take care of him or herself on an adequate basis.
There are conservators of a person, who is in charge of the conservatee's
day-to-day care and health; and conservators of an estate, which are conservators
in charge of the conservatee's finances. One conservator can handle
both types of
conservatorships or the duties may be split between two conservators, depending on the
Having a Guardian or Conservator Appointed
It can be heartbreaking for everyone when a person is in need of a conservator
but opposes the appointment. In these situations, a judge must weigh the
interests of the person's right to freedom and privacy against family
members' contentions that their relative is in need of help. In many
cases, the facts fall within a gray area and both sides have sincere and
Need to set up a guardianship? The South Bay
probate attorneys at the Law Offices of James C. Shields know that in such situations,
both parties are best represented by an attorney to ensure each side is
able to fully articulate their positions in court. After a thorough examination
of the evidence, an impartial judge will decide what is necessary in accordance
with the law.
Besides having extensive litigation experience, principal attorney Chaz
Shields is frequently appointed by the courts to serve counsel to prospective
guardians, conservators, wards, conservatees and other parties. He has
assisted many people in such capacities.
Consult a Torrance Guardianship Lawyer Today!
Contact our office to learn more about
estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, and to find out whether such an appointment
can help your family member in need maintain his or her dignity and live
the best quality of life possible.