Elder Law

Guardianship & Conservatorship

At Southwest Portland Law Group, our attorneys are available to assist you in caring for your loved one who may be unable to manage his or her physical needs, healthcare, or finances.

Difference Between Guardianship and Conservatorship

​A guardianship is a court approved power over another person, with regard to that person’s health, living situation, and other important decisions of their daily life.  A conservatorship is a court approved power over another person’s finances, assets, and income.

What to Expect

Guardianships and Conservatorships are not as simple as a power of attorney or an advance medical directive.  A skilled attorney is needed to assist with the petition, notices to family members and other interested parties, filings with the court, the fiduciary bond, as well as hearings on objections and other court procedures.  The process generally begins with a conversation about the potential protected person and their needs.

We will help you decide whether you need the court’s assistance, or if there are alternatives that may be less costly and burdensome.  If we determine that a guardianship or conservatorship is required, we will work with you to help you understand the process and get it done quickly and efficiently.  You can generally expect attorney fees between $3,000 and $6,000, depending on the complexity of a guardianship or conservatorship proceeding.