Guardianships and Conservatorships

Guardians and conservators are court appointed managers of a person’s medical and financial affairs. If an individual is over eighteen years of age, then it is presumed that the individual is competent to handle all of their affairs.

If that is not the case, and the adult does not have an estate plan or there is disagreement with the person named in the plan, then someone must petition the court to become that adult’s guardian and conservator. This is true even if the adult who needs assistance is a child or spouse.

This area of law is governed by Virginia statute and strict compliance is necessary in order for the petition to be considered by the court. The attorneys at McDermottWard represent petitioners in this process including with preparation of the petition, orders, and during all hearings. We also work with the guardian ad litem and other parties in contested matters.

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McDermottWard is located in Newport News, VA and serves clients in and around Fort Eustis, Newport News, Williamsburg, Seaford, Lackey, Yorktown, Hampton, Poquoson, Lightfoot, Rescue, Battery Park, Isle Of Wight County, and York County.