Conservatorship in MinnesotaFeb 04, 2019
The law in Minnesota related to conservatorships and guardianships can differ from similar laws in other states, which means that if you need to set up a conservatorship in Minnesota, it is important to work with an attorney who understands the law as it pertains to our state. Lesa Koski is an attorney with expertise in conservatorships and in the nuances of Minnesota law.
What Is a Conservatorship?
Elder law can be extremely complex. Issues pertaining to a court’s giving an individual legal authority to oversee the affairs of another person’s estate (conservatorship) must be handled by a professional with depth of experience and vast knowledge of the law. The need for conservatorships arises most often from the incapacitation of an individual, known to Minnesota law as the “protected person.” The incapacity prevents that person from being able to make responsible decisions about their own estate, so the court appoints someone else to take responsibility for the financial interests of the estate.
Though the court can appoint a conservator for many reasons, conservators are most often appointed as a result of the onset of an unforeseen condition. Such conditions can encompass everything from catastrophic injury—such as brain injuries from falls or car accidents—or the development of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other afflictions that affect cognitive ability. The selection of a conservator is therefore an incredibly important decision, because the conservator serves as an agent of the court. That person becomes responsible for a variety of things, including ensuring payment for the individual’s medical care, recovering stolen assets, and generally advocating on behalf of the protected person’s welfare.
Experienced Elder Lawyer, Minnesota
Lesa Koski has the depth of experience necessary to ensure that the process of identifying a conservator goes smoothly. Without such advocacy, the protected person’s estate may not always receive the advocacy needed by the protected person and/or that person’s family. Lesa Koski’s knowledge of conservatorship law can help to avoid such problems.
The importance of the conservator’s role simply cannot be overstated. The conservator’s responsibilities include protecting a person’s life by establishing a place of residence; paying charges associated with the support, education, and maintenance of the protected person; paying out debts incurred by the estate; and applying for governmental assistance on behalf of that person.
If you or a loved-one is in need of assistance with any part of the conservatorship process in Minnesota, Lesa Koski can be an excellent legal resource. To discuss your interests further, call her directly at (651) 214-5057 or email [email protected].
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