Guidance Through The Guardianship/Conservatorship Court Process in Colorado
Anytime you are in court, it can be scary. Our Northglenn and Colorado Springs lawyers can guide you through every step of the guardianship and conservatorship process to ensure your questions are answered along the way and you never feel left in the dark.
For more information about what the court process for these types of hearings looks like, contact our Northglenn office at 720-547-2319 or our Colorado Springs office at 719-249-2785. You can even schedule an appointment in advance online.
What Steps Happen In Court And How To Prepare For Your Hearing
There are many steps involved in the actual guardianship and conservatorship hearing. A basic outline of the process is below:
- You apply or petition the court to be appointed
- A court visitor may visit your home and the protected person
- Your guardianship and conservatorship hearing date is set
- You appear at the initial hearing to present your case on who should be appointed to protect your loved one
- If appointed, you have many steps afterward too.
Once at the hearing, your attorney can present the facts of the case, call witnesses (which may be you), and set up the best case for you to be appointed. A good lawyer presents all the correct documentation to the judge in advance of the hearing, and should have a good idea of any issues that will be contested, if any.
To prepare for your hearing, you should meet with your lawyer and go over what to expect. You should review any pertinent medical documents for the protected person, and you should be ready to be called to the stand to testify as to the need for the guardianship or conservatorship.
If this all sounds confusing, that’s perfectly okay. That’s why you have a skilled attorney in your corner!
How To Avoid A Guardianship Or Conservatorship Hearing
The good news is that these hearing are completely avoidable if you plan far enough in advance. Through the use of medical and financial powers of attorney, you are able to name the people you want making your financial and medical decisions instead of having a judge do it at one of these hearings.
When you pick your POAs in advance, you are doing everything you can to avoid having to appear in court later. This is because you are naming your guardian and conservator now, meaning there is no need for a judge to later.
Call On Us!
Whether you are dealing with a guardianship or conservatorship, we can help. Call our lawyers in Northglenn at 720-547-2319 or our attorneys in Colorado Springs at 719-249-2785 to have your questions answered.