Minnesota Guardianship & Conservatorship Law

Understanding Minnesota Guardianship & Conservatorship

Guardians are persons appointed by the court to make personal decisions for the well-being of individuals ("wards") who are legally incapable of making responsible decisions about personal needs and caring for themselves. Legal incapacity may be due to:

  • Developmental disability or special needs
  • Mental illness
  • Alzheimer's or dementia
  • Stroke or other serious illness
  • Being a minor child

A guardian may make decisions on the ward's behalf with regard to decisions about medical care, nutrition, housing, and public benefit programs.

Conservators are appointed by the court to make financial decisions for legally incapacitated individuals ("protected persons"). A conservator performs a number of duties for the protected person, which may include paying bills, entering into contracts (such as a lease or rental agreement), and investing assets.

Many people need both a guardian and conservator. One person may serve in both capacities, or separate individuals might assume those roles.

Compassionate Representation for Guardians, Conservators and Protected Persons

Guzmán LaLonde, P.A. provides legal services in various areas of guardianship and conservatorship, including:

  • Establishment of guardianships and conservatorships
  • Representation of guardians and conservators in court proceedings
  • Representation of wards and protected persons in court proceedings
  • Restoration to capacity and termination of guardianships and conservatorships
  • Successor guardianship and conservatorship proceedings
  • Preparation of required annual court reporting documents

As the parent of an adult child with special needs, attorney Lori Guzmán understands firsthand the concerns of parents and loved ones of a person who needs protection, as well as the challenges facing the prospective ward or protected person. With over 20 years of professional experience in Minnesota guardianship and conservatorship law, she represents clients efficiently, with skill and compassion.

Twin Cities Area Guardianship & Conservatorship Law Firm

Guzmán LaLonde, P.A. serves clients in guardianship and conservatorship matters throughout metropolitan area of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including Dakota, Scott, Carver, Hennepin, Goodhue, Ramsey, Rice, Washington, and Anoka Counties. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our firm and services, and to contact us to schedule a consultation regarding your guardianship or conservatorship needs. We look forward to working with you.