Developing A Comprehensive Estate Plan

When developing a comprehensive estate plan, many individuals might not at first realize the importance of addressing conservatorships. If an individual is unable to manage his or her own finances and/or health care decisions, the judge may appoint a conservator to ensure that the individual's best interests are protected no matter the complexity of the situation.

For more than 40 years, our firm has provided exceptional client service to families in Murfreesboro and communities throughout Tennessee in a wide range of legal matters. We take the time to listen to your specific concerns and provide clear advice and guidance no matter the complexity of the situation you are facing. We understand that emotions play a large role in conservatorship and in estate planning matters, and it is our goal to ensure you understand the legal complexities and your options from start to finish.

What Is A Conservatorship?

In Tennessee, an individual can be a conservator of a person or of the person's property (or both the person and the property). When an individual is appointed conservator of a person, he or she is responsible for making decisions directly related to that person's life. Decisions regarding a residence, medical care, or job opportunities would be examples of a conservator's responsibilities.

When an individual is appointed as a conservator of property, he or she is tasked with protecting the person's assets and finances. Typically, the court will ask for a report that shows the conservator has acted in the individual's best interests.

It is not uncommon for an individual to be appointed as a conservator for both the person and the person's property. This is often referred to as a full conservatorship. At Murfree & Goodman, PLLC, we are prepared to represent clients who are developing their estate plan or conservators who need legal guidance. We can serve as both a guardian ad litem or as lawyers for petitioners in conservatorships. Additionally, we are regularly called upon to defend a conservatorship when legal disputes arise. Contact us to put our experience and compassion to work for your family.

To learn more about how our firm can help you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with a conservatorship lawyer. Our Murfreesboro office can be reached by phone or through email. Contact us today.