Appointment, Authority, and Duty of Conservators in Alabama
Courts generally have power to appoint a conservator for a person who has been deemed gravely disabled and unable to meet their basic needs. A conservator has the authority and legal duty to look after the personal and property interests of the conservatee, and make financial decisions in their best interest (since they are unable to do so). In the probate context, often a mentally disabled person will inherit property and the court must appoint a conservator to manage the property for that person. The conservator acts as a trustee. In order to have a Conservator appointed, an application must be made to the court. This is where our conservator attorneys can help you.
Conservatorship entails yearly supervision by the court. Basically the conservator must come before the court once a year and account for the property under his management, as well as any significant changes in the situation. Conservators serve an important function in the probate process, and often need legal advice or services in obtaining or maintaining a conservatorship. If you or someone you know needs assistance in regards to a conservatorship, the Birmingham probate attorneys of Parkman White, LLP can help. Contact us at 205-502-2000.