Last week we were discussing when it is appropriate for a parent to apply for guardianship of a child who turns 18. But, what if guardianship isn’t suitable? There is another option, called conservatorship. Conservatorship is sort of a middle ground between a guardianship and power of attorney. There is no
Last week we were discussing an issue which many parents are unaware of, the fact that they no longer have the legal right to make financial and medical decisions on their child’s behalf once he/she turns 18. A power of attorney and health care directive can be a good solution.
The law, in most instances (with the notable exception of consuming alcohol), views an adult as one who reaches age 18. As any parent knows, most 18 year olds are not mature enough to make important decisions without the guidance of a parent or other adult. Yet, what most don’t realize
We were discussing Diane’s 90 year old mother, who had just entered a nursing home from the hospital. Diane called because she was anticipating the need for Medicaid and was concerned that the assets in a trust that had been established for her benefit would be countable under New Jersey’s