It’s the 4th of July. America is about liberty. Freedom to make choices.
Conservatorships deprive folks of their liberty. The right to choose where you live? Gone. The right to make medical decisions on your own? Gone. The right to bear arms? Gone. The right to vote? Gone.
In it’s place is notice on the land records that a person is incapable.
No one should be conserved without effective aggressive representation. We have successfully fought conservatorships for 10 years in Connecticut.
Here are 4 ways to fight a conservatorship in Connecticut:
1. Don’t Accept The Application At Face Value
We treat the application as being untrue until proven otherwise. I can’t tell you how many times applications don’t tell the full story. We work with our clients to get the full story. For example, we recently won a case where a social worker alleged that an elderly man was abusive to his wife on account of him yelling at her. Turns out, the man was yelling because his wife didn’t have her hearing aide in.
2. Challenge the Medicine
So often physicians evaluations are simply conclusive – “patient has dementia”. We don’t accept this. Many times other treatable conditions such as thyroid problems can present as dementia.
3. Expose the Applicant’s Motives
Who is filing the application? Why are they filing it? Is it a sibling looking to grab control of a parent’s money? A nursing home looking to keep someone as a client? Sometimes the applicant is motivated by doing good and sometimes there are alterior motives.
We’re not shy about asking the tough questions.
4. Telling Your Story Through Witnesses
We work with our clients to find witnesses to tell their story. In one case we know of, an elderly woman spoke of her husband dying in a tornado. This was used as evidence of her dementia. Her lawyers dug deeper, spoke with relatives, to find out that her husband was killed in the Windsor Locks tornado.
There are more than 4 ways we fight conservatorships. Just like a football team, we don’t post our playbook online. These 4 ways can only be effectively deployed by an attorney with conservatorship trial practice. Otherwise, they may backfire.
Don’ let them strip you or a loved one of your rights. Fight back. Call Ryan McKeen, he can help (860) 471-8333. We fight conservatorships throughout Connecticut.