Law Offices of
Susan B. Geffen
Serving the elder law needs of families
throughout Los Angeles and Orange County
Susan B. Geffen
Attorney At Law
Former Elder Law Professor
Master’s in Gerontology
Many of Susan’s clients ask her about Conservatorships. A Conservatorship is created when the Court appoints a Conservator to protect the proposed Conservatee from serious health problems and/or from undue influence in financial matters.
The procedure for establishing a Conservatorship is to file a Petition with the Court to obtain Letters of Conservatorship. Along with the Petition, there are a number of other forms that are filed with the Court. These additional forms outline the reasons for the Conservatorship, information on the proposed Conservator, and a list of close relatives and friends.
After the Petition is filed, the Court appoints a Court investigator, usually a social worker. The Court Investigator meets with the proposed Conservatee and contacts relatives and friends. The Court investigator writes a report with a recommendation as to whether the Court should appoint a Conservator. Usually an attorney is appointed by the Court to represent the Conservatee.
The advantage of a Conservatorship is that there is court supervision which protects the Conservatee from abuse. Sometimes there is no alternative to a Conservatorship if the proposed Conservatee will not accept assistance voluntarily. The Conservatorship is reviewed by the Court after six months and then annually thereafter.
Susan understands how difficult and emotionally taxing things can get. She has worked with hundreds of families in similar situations and is here to help.