Guardianship & Conservatorship Lawyer in Phoenix

Estate Planning Attorneys Protecting Your Loved Ones

At Thies & Lihn, PLLC, we provide solutions for individuals and families who have a loved one who is no longer capable of making sound and informed financial decisions to ensure that your family member or loved one receive the necessary care they require. When your family member or loved one is no longer able to manage their personal affairs, it is important to take the necessary legal action to protect their interests. We will give you the guidance and assistance to take the important legal step of petitioning for a guardianship or conservatorship.

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A guardian is appointed by the judge to make decisions for someone who, because of mental or physical illness, disability, or alcohol or drug abuse, is unable to make those decisions. The law calls this individual an "incapacitated person." An incapacitated adult for whom a guardian has been appointed is referred to by law as a "ward." The decisions a guardian makes concerning arrangements for the adult ward includes: housing, education, medical care, food, clothing, and social activities.

An “incapacitated person” may be incapable of managing some or all of their personal affairs and decision making due to a mental or physical disability including:

  • Elderly adults in assisted living, nursing, or group homes
  • Adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
  • Special needs adults and children
  • Disabled adults and children


A conservator is a person, or sometimes a financial institution, appointed by a judge to manage money and property for someone else. The person needing the conservatorship is called a "protected person." The judge may appoint a conservator when the judge determines two things:

  • First, that the person to be protected is not capable of managing his or her money and property effectively.
  • Second, that the person to be protected has money or property that may be squandered.

A conservator will not be appointed until after a court hearing. Conservatorships can be temporary, or longer term, arrangements, depending on the needs of the protected person and the judgment of the court.

Don’t leave your loved one’s care to chance. If you have a family member that is no longer able to manage their own affairs, it is important to take the necessary legal steps to protect their interests. Our Phoenix guardianship attorneys at Thies & Lihn, PLLC can discuss your family’s situation and recommend, and implement, the best plan to ensure that your loved ones remain protected.

Contact our team today by calling (602) 900-9860.

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