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Conservatorships & Guardianships

Thirkell Law Group can help you arrange for the care of an elderly parent, disabled adult child or minor child. Our knowledgeable attorneys can also guide you in choosing a fiduciary or guardian whom you can trust to manage the financial and health care needs of your loved ones.  The Thirkell Law Group is experienced in handling the legal and emotional issues that can arise when seeking a conservatorship or guardianship.

Caring for an incapacitated adult                

When devising your estate plan, the care of the most vulnerable members of your family is likely your foremost concern. Thirkell Law Group can advise you on making crucial decisions about the financial support, protection and supervision of developmentally disabled or physically challenged adults, or similarly disadvantaged children who face a precarious future if left on their own.

Choosing a guardian for your child

You should name a guardian who will raise your children according to your parental philosophies. The court will reject a guardian who is unwilling or unable to care for your child. We suggest you name an alternative guardian to fulfill the role if your primary guardian choice is unavailable. We also recommend that you thoroughly discuss your decision with your chosen guardian to confirm the guardian is willing and prepared to accept the full responsibility of caring for your child as you see fit.

Establishing a conservatorship or guardianship

Our conservatorship practice includes representation of friends, family members and private professional fiduciaries in all aspects of conservatorship proceedings, including initiating conservatorship proceedings, opposing conservatorship proceedings, administration during the duration of the conservatorship, and terminating the conservatorship.  Our paralegals are skilled in the preparation of Court accountings, and can assist the conservator in the preparation when necessary.  Edward Thirkell and Julia Lingys serve on the San Mateo County Independent Counsel panel and represent conservatees and proposed conservatees.  The Thirkell Law Group also represents several San Mateo County private professional fiduciaries.

Our guardianship practice includes representation of family members seeking probate guardianship of both contested and non-contested guardianship proceedings.  As part of this firm’s guardianship practice, the Thirkell Law Group also represents people opposing to a pending guardianship petition.  Our lawyers and paralegals are experienced in all aspects of probate guardianship proceedings, and have the knowledge to assist with a difficult emotional proceeding.