Guardianship & Conservatorship Attorneys in Kalamazoo
Offering Compassionate Counsel & Personalized Advocacy in West Michigan
A conservatorship or guardianship proceeding gives a conservator or guardian the right to make decisions for a person who lacks capacity or sufficient understanding to communicate. When you have an aging relative or when someone you love is no longer able to protect him or herself, you may want to consider a conservatorship or guardianship proceeding.
At Willis Law, we offer experienced counsel and advocacy to help families through conservatorship and guardianship proceedings to manage care or finances. A combined conservatorship and guardianship action will entrust another individual to manage the person and the finances of a disabled person.
Our law firm is dedicated to a Christian model of service with a mission to protect clients as they make the right decisions for their family and future. Let us guide you with dignity and discretion.
Call our Kalamazoo guardianship and conservatorship attorneys at (888) 461-7744 or contact us online today for a free consultation.
Guardianships of Incapacitated Persons
According to Michigan law, an incapacitated person lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate informed decisions.
The court may appoint a guardian if it finds that the individual is incapacitated and cannot make wise personal decisions regarding:
- Health care
- Daily activities
- General well-being
Our attorneys can help you create a durable power of attorney for health care, which allows you to appoint an advocate of your own choosing. A guardian may also be designated to take care of your surviving dependents through a will or trust. If a guardian was not selected before an individual's death, we can work with his or her family to achieve an appropriate guardian appointment.
Conservatorship to Manage Finances
A conservator is necessary if a person cannot manage his or her own finances, including medical bills.
In Michigan, the court may appoint a conservator if it finds that the individual satisfies the following conditions:
- Cannot effectively manage property and business affairs
- Has property that will be wasted without proper management
- Requires assistance to successfully obtain money
As with a guardianship, you can direct the appointment of your conservator by appointing an agent. Our attorneys can help you create a general durable power of attorney, which allows you to establish the person you trust to handle your affairs on your behalf. If you have not made such a designation and a conservatorship becomes necessary, our lawyers can work with your family and the court to help guide the appointment of a sensible conservator.
Contested Guardianships & Conservatorships
Decisions over guardians and conservators can often lead to disputes that divide family members, leaving them fighting over who should be appointed. Money and control are often at the heart of these disagreements.
At Willis Law, our conservatorship and guardianship lawyers in Kalamazoo have helped numerous families overcome disputes.
We can help you resolve issues regarding:
- Whether an individual is actually disabled and in need of a guardian or conservator
- Who should be appointed as a guardian or conservator
- Allegations of fraud or abuse within a guardianship or conservatorship
Our team strives to find a resolution that prioritizes the best interests of the disabled individual while restoring peace and harmony within the family as much as possible.
For a free consultation, please call our firm at (888) 461-7744. We serve clients from our offices in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Paw Paw.
Michael J. Willis J.D., C.P.A.
Shaun P. Willis J.D.
Frank D. Willis J.D.
Donald H. Smith
Mariko C. Willis
Samuel R. Gilbertson J.D.
Verelle Kirkwood J.D.
Kristyn Meylenberg J.D.