Post Falls Conservatorship Attorneys

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The law offers several different avenues for people to protect their assets and finances. Conservatorship is one way that allows a court-appointed conservator to organize and manage the financial matters of a minor or incapacitated adult. Rathdrum & Post Falls Estate Planning can walk you through the legal process for petitioning for conservatorship and explain to you all the legal duties and obligations required of a conservator. The conservatorship lawyers at the firm aim to provide friendly and communicative legal support, touching base with clients at least once a week as they work through your case.

Schedule a free initial consultation with Rathdrum & Post Falls Estate Planning to discuss your conservatorship concerns in more detail. Call 208-486-0120 for a conservatorship lawyer near you.

What Is Conservatorship?

Conservatorship is a procedure that involves the court appointment of a competent, suitable person to manage the financial affairs of a ward, who can be a minor under the age of 18 or a developmentally disabled or otherwise incapacitated person. The ward’s spouse, adult child, or sibling may be appointed conservator. If no one is available to serve as conservator, or in cases where the ward has substantial assets, the court may instead appoint a professional fiduciary as the conservator (e.g., a bank or trust company).

What Does a Conservator Do?

An appointed conservator manages and protects the ward’s financial assets and makes sure that their bills are paid. The conservator may also sell real property owned by the ward, but they must have these sales approved by the court after notifying all interested parties.

A conservator is required to file two important reports:

  • An inventory of the ward’s assets; and
  • An accounting of the first 90 days of the conservatorship, within 120 days of the court appointment. 

After filing the initial reports, a conservator must continue to file annual reports to update the court on the ward’s income and expenses. 

Petitioning for Conservatorship

As mentioned above, any family member, trustee, adult protection service, or other “interested person” may file a petition with the court to have a conservator appointed. It is common for conservatorship petitions to be filed jointly with guardianship petitions.

In uncontested cases, a conservator can be appointed in as fast as 4-6 weeks. If the request is contested, the appointment may take longer, and the court may decide to appoint a temporary conservator during the duration of the contested situation. Temporary appoints typically only last for 90 days (unless renewed for good cause).

Conservator vs. Trustee

It can be confusing to distinguish the role of the conservator among other fiduciaries, such as trustees. While conservators are appointed by the court, trustees are appointed by the individual in the original trust document. A trustee manages only the assets transferred to the trust; a conservator has the authority to manage and protect all the ward’s assets.

If the ward has a Durable Power of Attorney or living trust in place, they may not need a conservator for all their financial needs. However, powers of attorney and living trusts often introduce other complications and concerns, as powers of attorney may not be subject to accounting or reporting requirements. Typically, the appointment of a conservator terminates any financial powers of attorney unless the court orders otherwise.

Why Choose Rathdrum & Post Falls Estate Planning?

  • Expertise in Conservatorship Law: Our Post Falls and Rathdrum conservatorship attorneys specialize in conservatorship law, possessing in-depth knowledge of the legal nuances involved in establishing and managing conservatorships. We stay current with the evolving legal landscape to provide effective and informed representation.
  • Client-Centered Approach: We understand that conservatorship matters involve sensitive and personal decisions. Rathdrum & Post Falls Estate Planning takes a client-centered approach, ensuring open communication, empathy, and personalized attention throughout the entire conservatorship process.
  • Comprehensive Estate Planning Services: In addition to conservatorships, our firm offers a range of estate planning services, including wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. Our estate planning lawyers provide holistic solutions to address the unique needs and goals of our clients.

Legal Services for Conservatorship Matters

  • Establishment of Conservatorships: Our conservatorship attorneys assist families in the establishment of conservatorships to ensure the well-being and financial stability of individuals who are unable to make decisions for themselves due to age, incapacity, or other circumstances.
  • Conservatorship Management: Rathdrum & Post Falls Estate Planning provides ongoing support and legal guidance for conservators, helping them fulfill their responsibilities and make informed decisions in the best interests of the protected person.
  • Conservatorship Litigation: In cases where disputes arise regarding conservatorship decisions, our legal team is prepared to provide representation in conservatorship litigation to protect the rights of all parties involved.
  • Alternatives to Conservatorship: We explore alternative options to conservatorship, such as powers of attorney, living trusts, and healthcare directives, to provide clients with comprehensive and tailored estate planning solutions.

Call Our Post Falls Conservatorship Lawyers

Rathdrum & Post Falls Estate Planning can help you better make sense of the distinctive duties of a conservator and whether conservatorship is the right option for your situation. The attorneys will take a knowledgeable approach to your case and plan your next steps with your best interests in mind. Contact our conservatorship attorneys near you if you need help with Idaho estate planning.

Schedule a free consultation with Rathdrum & Post Falls Estate Planning to learn more about your options with a conservatorship attorney near you.


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