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guardianships & conservatorships Archives

Is elder financial abuse going down?

What trends are occurring when it comes to how common elder financial abuse is matters greatly, given how harmful such abuse is to its victims. A recent survey indicates that we might be starting to see an encouraging trend on this front: a decrease in elder financial abuse.

What is the difference between a guardian and a conservator?

There are all kinds of important decisions we make in our everyday lives. Sometimes, circumstances will make it so a person no longer has the ability to make these decisions. When this occurs, a court may decide to appoint an individual to make decisions for the person, such as a guardian or a conservator.

Are living wills legally binding in Massachusetts?

Decisions regarding medical care can have some very big implications on a senior's health and quality of life. Thus, many elderly individuals care very much about remaining the one in control of these decisions. However, there are things that can cause a senior to no longer have the authority to make their own medical decisions, such as incapacity. One thing elderly individuals may desire to do is put documents in place in advance to help control what happens with their medical decisions if they lose decision-making authority.

Survey: seniors not that worried about financial abuse

Elderly individuals can suffer greatly when they are subjected to financial abuse, and seniors can sometimes have significant vulnerabilities to such abuse. A recent survey indicates that, despite this, being worried about financial abuse is actually rather uncommon among elderly individuals.

Could hearing aids help curb cognitive decline?

Hearing aids can have many quality of life benefits for seniors who have hearing loss. Might the use of such devices also help elderly individuals with hearing problems retain more of their cognitive abilities as they get older? A recent study points to it being a possibility. 

Study: financial decision-making quality drops in elderly years

Many different kinds of financial decisions can end up coming before an elderly individual. Some examples include decisions regarding investments, bank accounts, real estate, credit cards or debt. These decisions can have major impacts on a senior's life.

Temporary guardianships in Massachusetts

Many different things can happen during the course of guardianship proceedings. For example, in some guardianship cases, a court will decide to appoint a temporary guardian for an individual to serve while the guardianship petition regarding the individual is being considered by the court.

Requesting to be a loved one's guardian

When a person has an elderly loved one who has become incapacitated to the point where they cannot make health care decisions, they may be very concerned about their loved one's health and welfare. They may desire to be given the authority to make their loved one's health care decisions so they can protect their loved one's welfare. A question an individual with such a desire may have is: can I request to be named my loved one's guardian?

Full conservatorships and limited conservatorships

Sometimes, a medical problem an elderly individual has will render the individual unable to manage their finances and property. When such a situation arises, a court may be able to set up a conservatorship in relation to the elderly individual. Generally, in a conservatorship, a person is appointed to manage an impaired individual's finances and property. The appointed person is called the conservator.