If you have elderly or very ill parents or grandparents or other relatives, the time may come when they can no longer care for themselves. Should that unfortunate day come, you might find yourself in the unenviable position of having to determine whether or not to seek a conservatorship for them.
Anybody can end up needing a conservator. Young children who are left without parents due to illness or accidents may need them. So, too, may younger adults who suffer from severe developmental disorders or other conditions. Seniors may need them due to advancing dementia or their general physical decline.
Are you contemplating trying to obtain guardianship over a minor sibling?
Children are no longer children when they reach the age of 18. With the exception of consuming alcohol, people in Connecticut arrive at all adult privileges on the 18th birthday. Before then, however, someone must be legally responsible for their behavior and well-being, and those people are traditionally the parents of the child.
Asking the court to give you control of your mother's or father's life is a big step to take -- and nobody should pursue a guardianship over another adult unless they're ready for the responsibility. Guardianship will give you court-ordered authority to make decisions regarding your parent's living situation, medical care and finances -- but how do you know it's time to take that step?
Parenting is the first, and perhaps, most important part of a child's life. Parents set the standard for children's behavior, instilling ethics and values that last throughout a person's lifetime. It is best for individuals and society as a whole that children have good role models close at hand to support them materially and emotionally.
"What's the matter with these kids today?" If you remember that phrase from popular culture, you may be asking that question more and more each day as society caters to younger people. But there is help if you have to know what matters to kids, and you may be part of a large group of caring individuals looking to tend to their families.
Many cultures have different ceremonies and events that mark a child's ascendancy into adulthood. Religions may mark a certain age or progression, and some societies require some actions at the time a child is ready.
The human mind is an amazing thing, but it can also seem fragile at times. Head injuries can cause memory loss, and the simple and unavoidable act of aging can degrade its function over time. Many people may not want to think about the damage that a stroke, dementia or injury could do to the mind, but the best defense is to make sure it is easy to care for them under these conditions.
Life is never what you expect when someone you love has a developmental disorder. Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other conditions that could cause intellectual disability make many of the challenges of adult life meaningless. When it comes to care or finances, these people may rely on others for their entire lives.