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What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

In speaking about guardianships and conservatorships, keep in mind that in some instances, both are avoidable. For example, executing a durable power of attorney may obviate the need to later have a conservator appointed if an individual has lost the…

Who Can Be a Guardian?

By statute, there is a preference to nominate as guardian an individual’s spouse, and if there is no spouse, then that individual’s parents. If neither are available or capable, the court can appoint any appropriate person. Further, the court is…

What is a Conservatorship?

  Whereas a guardian tends to the personal affairs of another individual as limited by the scope of the guardianship, a conservator tends to the financial affairs of another individual, if that individual is “unable to manage property and business…

What is a Guardianship?

A guardian in Massachusetts is someone that is appointed through a proceeding at a Probate & Family Court to handle the personal affairs of another individual. The person whose personal affairs are being handled by another is referred to in…

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