If a loved one becomes incapacitated, can no longer make financial decisions, or is vulnerable to undue influence or elder abuse, a conservatorship proceeding is often the best option. We can help you establish (or oppose) a conservatorship to preserve your family's well-being. A conservatorship is a court proceeding designed to protect elders and dependent adults when they can no longer make financial decisions. Conservatorships can also be used to protect a minor's finances if they receive benefits following a parent's death or a large settlement. In a typical case, a family member or close friend acts as the conservator for the elder, dependent adult or minor and is granted authority by the court to make financial decisions for the conservatee. A conservatorship may not be necessary if the person needing care has a comprehensive estate plan that includes a trust, an advance health care directive, and a power of attorney for financial affairs. However, even if these documents are in place, a conservatorship is sometimes necessary when the person needing care will not cooperate with the trustee or agent, when there is concern that the documents might be revoked or amended, or there is a threat of undue influence or fraud.