Guardianships and conservatorships are often complicated and confusing and can feel especially overwhelming when deciding what you and your loved one needs. Take a look at the difference between them and when each is appropriate in South Carolina.
What is a Guardianship?
A guardian in South Carolina focuses on handling specific things for someone who cannot make decisions and handle matters on their own. Whether due to injury, illness, disability, age, or another issue, an incapacitated adult needs help handling things such as where they will live, who will care for them and how, healthcare decisions, and mental health concerns.
What is a Conservator?
A conservator acts similarly to a guardian, however, instead of handling an incapacitated adult’s personal needs, they focus on their financial affairs. Their job is to protect the individual’s assets during the time they cannot manage them or make decisions about them. A bond issued by the court holds conservators accountable for any actions they take on behalf of the estate.
Which One is Appropriate?
In South Carolina, the courts appoint both guardians and conservators. It’s their job to determine what’s appropriate based on the individual’s needs who are no longer able to care for their own affairs and their family.
If someone you love is in crisis and cannot manage their own personal, healthcare, living, and financial decisions, you need a reliable attorney to help you through the process. Their knowledge can ensure the right protective measures for your loved one so you can rest easy knowing they are safe and well cared for. In addition, you need someone with extensive experience with guardianships and conservatorships who can help you navigate through the process. Contact McCutchen McLean, LLC today for the team of attorneys you can count on.