Guardianships & Conservators
We also use trusts and powers of attorney to avoid living probate as well. This arduous process isn’t talked about as much as the probate that occurs after death, but it’s just as important. If you become incapacitated during your lifetime and don’t have a trust with disability provisions and an up-to-date power of attorney, your loved ones will need to go to court and request a guardianship or conservatorship proceeding. The judge may or may not select a loved one to manage your assets on your behalf – sometimes – the court selects an attorney, a stranger, to act as guardian/conservator.
Just like the probate process after death, this probate process is a loss of control, expensive, public, time-consuming, and stressful – and just like the probate process after death, it can so easily be avoided. Littleton Legal PLLC can help you plan ahead, but if you don’t, we can also provide legal services to your loved ones in navigating the guardianship process.