In Denver and the rest of the state of Colorado, there are specific laws in place regarding guardianship and conservatorship. These laws are meant to protect adults who are unable to care for themselves and manage their finances. Generally, a person being appointed as a guardian or conservator for such individuals is in their best interests as they are not able to make decisions for themselves.
Who is in Need of a Guardianship and Conservatorship?There are many situations in which an adult may need someone appointed as their guardian or conservator. The following includes a situation that would call for a guardianship or conservatorship:
- An adult suffers some type of illness or accident that results in mental or physical limitations or both and is no longer able to care for themselves and manage their affairs.
- An older adult develops a physical or mental disability as a normal part of the aging process or due to a medical condition that develops as they age.
- A child suffers from a mental illness, developmental disability or physical disability and reaches the age of 18 but is unable to care for their own welfare and affairs and is dependent on another person for their needs.