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The Difference Between Powers of Attorney and Guardianship

JULY 18, 2011 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 26 “Elder law” (what we practice here at Fleming & Curti, PLC) can be a fairly broad practice area. We work in estate planning, long-term care planning, guardianship and conservatorship, trust administration and probate — and each of those areas encompasses a number of other topics as well. But …

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Petitioner Not Appointed Conservator, Pays Own Attorney

JULY 11, 2011 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 25 When appointment of a guardian and/or conservator is necessary, the cost of securing the appointment is usually a legitimate charge to be paid by the ward’s estate. There are exceptions, but the general rule is that the guardian’s and conservator’s fees, together with the fees charged by the …

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Lawyer Suspended After Representing Wife as Conservator

JUNE 13, 2011 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 21 Richard J. Murphy was first admitted to practice law in 1964. He was a fixture in local political and legal circles in Osceola, Iowa, for nearly fifty years. He was the attorney for the City of Osceola, and he had been the County Attorney years earlier. His private …

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Despite Guardianship, Ward May Have Capacity to Marry

MAY 2, 2011 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 16 We have written in previous installments about differing state laws regarding the ability of a guardian (of the person) or conservator (of the estate) to file a divorce proceeding “for” an incapacitated adult. The question that comes up more often from our clients is a little different, though. …

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Arizona Legislature Adopts Probate Changes

APRIL 25, 2011 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 15 Last week the Arizona Legislature adjourned for the year. Just before closing down the session legislators adopted a number of new measures dealing with probate court, trusts and especially guardianship and conservatorship matters. Most of the bills passed by the legislature are still awaiting the Governor’s signature, but …

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Conservator’s Accounting Approved in Contentious Proceeding

APRIL 11, 2011 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 13 The Montana Supreme Court identifies him as “J.R.” to protect him from public identification, but it is possible to get quite a feeling for him, his family and the two different conservators appointed to handle his finances. In 2006, when the legal proceedings started, J.R. was 78 years …

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Does a Guardian Have the Power to File a Divorce Petition? In Some States, Yes

FEBRUARY 28, 2011 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 7 The issue arises with some regularity. A married couple, perhaps in their second marriage. Adult children. One spouse becomes ill — often, but not always, demented. The other spouse, unable to cope, turns the care of the ill spouse over to one of the children. That child figures …

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Arizona Court of Appeals Orders Review of Fees in Guardianship

DECEMBER 13, 2010 VOLUME 17 NUMBER 38 Arizona’s probate court system — and particularly the guardianship and conservatorship arenas — have been embroiled in public controversy for the past year. A series of essays by a prominent Phoenix newspaper columnist has taken the entire system to task over allegations of excessive fees being paid to …

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Wife’s Opinion Regarding Divorce Controls Despite Her Incapacity

NOVEMBER 1, 2010 VOLUME 17 NUMBER 34 It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. An elderly couple, with one spouse slipping mentally, contemplates divorce. Perhaps the well spouse is simply unable to cope. Perhaps both are compromised mentally and/or medically. Perhaps there are long-term care issues involved. Perhaps the spouse with mental failings has …

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