Michigan law allows for the establishment of guardianships over adults, children and persons with developmental disabilities (individuals who realized significant physical and/or cognitive impairments prior to age 22); as well as conservatorships over adults and children.

Guardianships are established to allow for decisions to be made about personal and medical care of the protected individual.  Conservators handle financial matters.

For older persons with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, guardianships and conservatorships may serve a means for resolving disputes regarding the care of the adult and the management of their finances.  Guardianships and conservatorships may also be helpful in cases in which vulnerable adults are being exploited.

The attorneys at Chalgian & Tripp have extensive experience in contested guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, and are recognized throughout Michigan as experts in this area of the law.