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Helping Michigan Families With Their Guardianship Needs

Some adults can no longer make decisions for themselves. They may need a legal guardian to act in their best interests. A guardian can make financial, legal and medical decisions on their behalf.

Courtney Quist, the founding attorney of Quist Law Firm, PLLC, can assist you with any guardianship issues you and your family face. With years of experience serving clients in Grand Rapids, she knows the legal system of guardianship and conservatorship in Michigan. She can assist with:

  • Determining whether a guardianship or conservatorship is necessary
  • Selecting an appropriate guardian or conservator
  • Obtaining a guardianship or conservatorship
  • Ensuring that the guardian/conservator has appropriate powers
  • Preventing abuse by a guardian or conservator
  • Addressing disputes to a guardianship by the ward or other parties

Ms. Quist has the knowledge of state family law and estate and probate law necessary to advocate for guardians’ and wards’ rights. She will discuss your complex case with compassion.

Guardians And Conservators: What Is The Difference?

Both guardians and conservators have decision-making powers for incapacitated adults. However:

  • Guardians can make decisions regarding someone’s everyday personal affairs.
  • Conservators handle issues related only to finances, assets and property.

When you discuss your case with us, Quist Law Firm, PLLC can help you determine whether a guardianship or conservatorship is more appropriate.

Who Can Be A Guardian?

In Michigan, any competent adult over age 18 can act as a guardian or conservator. This includes the incapacitated individual’s:

  • Son or daughter
  • Spouse
  • Mother or father
  • Sister or brother
  • Aunt or uncle
  • Cousin
  • Trusted acquaintance
  • Attorney

The most important qualifications for a guardian are trustworthiness and willingness to serve. A guardian must be trusted to act in the ward’s best interests. They must be willing to serve for the duration of the guardianship.

Get Help With Your Guardianship Needs

Contact Quist Law Firm, PLLC today to discuss a guardianship or conservatorship. Whether you need to establish a guardianship or dispute one, we can guide you. Schedule a consultation by calling 616-454-9008 or send us an email.