When a person becomes unable to make decisions for himself or herself, the court may step in and deem the individual incompetent. The next step is to assess the individual’s circumstances and to appoint a conservator for his or her benefit, when necessary. A conservatorship in Florida and elsewhere is meant to ensure the safety and well-being of someone who needs another party to look out for their own best interests. However, a recent case alleges that this important legal duty was violated by a 66-year-old man who was the court-appointed conservator for a mentally-disabled couple….
When a loved one is deemed incompetent or unable to make decisions on their own behalf, it is important for family members to make arrangements to protect their legal right to care for their loved one should the state or another party wish to intervene. Without ensuring legal guardianship in Florida, in some cases, another entity could step in to take control. A father is currently fighting to maintain guardianship over his 18-year-old son who has been in a coma since a car accident in March 2011 left him with a brain injury….
Estate planning is always a responsible and sensible strategy. Having the details of your estate clearly defined and documented can save your heirs not only countless hours of work, it also helps your loved ones understand your intentions and carry them out with as little acrimony and emotional distress as possible. One high-profile case currently making its way through probate court illustrates just how heated disputes can become when there is no clear estate plan to guide those left behind….
In the midst of authorities searching for a wealthy Florida philanthropist who went missing after a boating trip last month, the man’s mother filed for a petition in court to be named the sole conservator over his estate. Since the first few days after his disappearance the philanthropist’s mother and wife have been battling each other in court over conservatorship of his estate. The mother, who since changed her request to have Northern Trust maintain conservatorship over her son’s estate, claimed she wanted to protect her son’s assets and ensure the business ran smoothly….