Guardianships And Conservatorships

When a person is no longer able to take care of his or her own needs, a court may find it necessary to appoint a guardian or conservator to watch after the person and make important decisions for them.

Generally speaking, a guardianship concerns decisions over the health and well-being of a person, while a conservatorship involves decisions regarding financial matters.

Guardians and conservators bear a duty of care toward the person they are responsible for, meaning they must act in that person's best interests, and not their own.

A guardianship can be as broad or narrow as necessary, and often includes duties such as:

  • Making health care decisions
  • Arranging for recreation and social contact
  • Ensuring proper nutrition

A conservatorship often includes duties such as:

  • Paying bills
  • Managing bank accounts
  • Handling real estate transactions

If you have questions about guardianships and conservatorships in South Dakota, the attorneys at The Krause Law Firm are here for you. We handle a broad range of estate planning, probate and elder law issues for clients in Sioux Falls and throughout surrounding areas.

Avoiding Guardianship Proceedings

Guardianship proceedings can prove difficult, as family members and friends may have different ideas about what is best for the elderly person. By updating your estate plan and giving specific instructions in regard to powers of attorney, a living will and other estate planning matters, you can spare your loved ones from such uncertainty and conflict in the event you become incapacitated.

Discuss Your Legal Needs With An Experienced Lawyer

To arrange your consultation with an experienced guardianship law attorney, please contact our law offices online or by telephone at 605-610-3496.