In certain situations, for example, if someone has more than the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, there may be the lack of legal capacity to contract. In these cases, if there are not previous powers of attorney set up naming an agent to step in, a guardianship and/or conservatorship is needed. In both cases, the District Court, or Probate Court in Denver County, will oversee the process and appoint the guardian and/or conservator. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in these matters.
In Colorado, the guardianship appoints a person, usually a family member, to make health decisions on behalf of the person who no longer has the ability to make informed decisions on their own.
The conservatorship appoints a person to deal with the financial matters.