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Tim Conway family engaged in conservatorship fight

Tim Conway's career included notoriety on the Carol Burnett Show and McHale's Navy. Now, the 84-year-old is reportedly suffering from dementia, and his family is involved in a legal battle over conservatorship. This battle follows legal disputes over guardianships and conservatorships for other celebrities and Arizona non-celebrities.

Conservatorship can provide superhero protection

Elder law in Arizona and other states, through guardianships and conservatorships, protects older or incapacitated individuals who may be susceptible to undue influence. Stan Lee, the legendary creator of Ant Man, Black Panther and other iconic Marvel heroes is the subject of three lawsuits that may have been prevented through a conservatorship.

Rule designed to stop elder financial abuse

Elderly Americans lose up to $30 billion each year because of financial abuse, according to an estimate. Some of this misappropriation includes presumably trusted family members and others who misused their legal authority. Properly-drafted guardianships should prevent this misconduct, but these relationships may be exploited.

The roles and responsibilities of a guardian

It is inevitable that we will get old. And as we age, we may develop conditions and ailments that make it difficult to care for ourselves. When incapacity and disabilities plague one's life, loved ones often step in to make decisions for him or her. But what mechanism ensures that this is done properly and to one's wishes? This is where guardianship comes into play.

Under conservatorship, 9-year-old buys $240,000 house

The law requires financial conservators to spend the money under their control to pay for the children's special needs, with a judge's approval. There can be horrible consequences when they fail this fiduciary duty. A case from Michigan involving a 9-year-old with a disability who apparently purchased a $240,000 home is instructive. It also reveals the dangers of inadequate conservatorships and guardianships in Arizona.

What is involved in obtaining a conservator surety bond?

If you seek appointment as a conservator for a minor or a disabled or elderly person, the court will require you to post a conservator surety bond, sometimes called a guardianship bond. The purpose is to ensure you will not mismanage your ward’s assets once you gain control of them.

Guardianship precautions

Arizona law provides for guardianships for those who cannot care for themselves or handle their day-to-day needs because of advanced age, illness or other incapacities. However, a recent case involving four people were charged with seven different felonies concerning guardianship vividly illustrates the need for proper planning and precautions for appointing a legal guardian and estate planning.

Arizona reps bring light to grandparent guardians

Estate planning is important for an individual at any stage of his or her life. As you get older, this need becomes even more pressing. A pivotal and practical moment to begin planning for the future comes when you have children. You want to make sure your children are taken care should something happen to you and your spouse. In this stage of your life, an essential element of an estate plan is establishing a legal guardian for your children.

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