Rick Green wrote this article about how ugly a conservatorship proceeding can turn in Connecticut.
I’ve represented people who have been involved in very difficult conservatorship proceedings that end up being a drain on not only their finances but their dignity.
Contested conservatorship proceedings can be ugly for all involved.
The unfortunate thing is that often times contested conservatorship hearings are avoidable.
Connecticut’s new conservatorship laws gives great deference to the choices of the individual and to considering means less restrictive than a conservatorship.
In many instances, a contested hearing can be avoided with a little advanced planning.
It’s important for all Connecticut residents to consider what would happen to them if they were to become suddenly incapacitated – even and perhaps especially young people.
If you haven’t already you should speak with a Connecticut attorney regarding: an appointment of a healthcare agent, a living trust, a will, a designation of conservator, a voluntary conservatorship, a living will, and a power of an attorney.
Every situation is different and only an attorney who knows your case can advise you on how best to plan for incapacity and possibly prevent the need to be conserved.
A little advanced planning can save you money, protect your wishes, and possibly spare your family a bitter proceeding.
This is an updated post which was first published in March.