What are the benefits of a parent having conservatorship of a developmentally disabled adult child?

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What are the benefits of a parent having conservatorship of a developmentally disabled adult child?

My mother has always cared for my adult brother age 53 who suffers from mental retardation. She has never had any problems authorizing medical care, managing finances he receives a small stipend from Social Security, etc. However, she has had someone recommend she obtain a conservatorship of him. My research shows that conservatorship is a very expensive and lengthy process. What would be the benefit of her obtain a conservatorship. The conservatorship would be uncontested.

Asked on August 8, 2012 under Estate Planning, California

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

There are really no benefits being the conservator of an adult in that being such is a thankless job and is done out of kindness for a particular person needing the conservatorship. However, to have an actual conservatorship order allows the conservator to have the legal authority per a court order to make decisions for the person needing such.

I suggest that you consult further with a Wills and trust person about your matter to see what needs to be done to get the conservatorship in place.


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