Family matters – Dealing with incapacity guardianship/conservatorship issues and your elderly parents
Abstract: If a parent’s mental condition is declining, it may be necessary to make an emotionally difficult decision to have him or her declared incompetent. A judge will then appoint a guardian/conservator to oversee his or her affairs. This article looks at the legal definition of “capacity,” and the role of a legal guardian/conservator. But there are also several areas short of legal guardianship/conservatorship in which one may assist elderly parents.