Conservatorships for Adults in Portland, Oregon
Kristianne Cox, Attorney at Law
Conservatorship Lawyer in Portland, Oregon
A judge may appoint a conservator only if the judge determines that the proposed protected person is “financially incapable” and has money or property in need of management or protection. The conservator must file an accounting with the court every year documenting all the money or property of the protected person that the conservator has received, still holds or has disbursed.
Examples of red flags that may indicate the need for a conservatorship include:
- A formerly conscientious person’s overdrawing his or her checking account.
- A significant change in the person’s spending patterns.
- The person’s entering an unusually high number of sweepstakes that the person receives in the mail, or making an unusually high number of charitable donations.
- The person’s having a continuing history of being unable to manage money because of chronic alcoholism, drug use, or mental illness.
- You suspect that someone (such as a relative, an unscrupulous contractor, a door-to-door salesperson, a telephone solicitor, or an e-mail solicitor) is taking or has taken financial advantage of the person.
- The person’s making loans or gifts or money to a family member, “friend” or stranger, in amounts that are unreasonable in light of the person’s own current and probable future financial needs.
- The person’s failing to maintain the home or other real property that the person owns.
- The person’s refusing to spend any of the person’s money on needed care services, and the person’s doing without these services places the person’s health or safety at significant risk. (For example, if the person lives alone and has a history of falls or unsteadiness, yet refuses to hire part-time in-home help or put some other regular and reliable welfare check procedure in place.)