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What is centrally involved with being a Massachusetts conservator?

Would-be conservators and people just generally interested in the role played by such persons might assume that it features quite a bit of detail and complexity.

Actual conservators in Massachusetts don't simply suspect that. Rather, they know it to be true from experience.

We confirm that reality on our website at the estate planning Law Offices of Kimberly Butler Rainen in Andover. We note therein that that processes surrounding conservatorship "are very involved, as they take away the legal rights of the person from whom a [guardian or] conservator has been appointed."

A Massachusetts guardian deals generally with health care and personal matters relevant to a minor or disabled/incapacitated adult. Conversely, a conservator manages finances and related affairs.

That is obviously serious business, and a court that appoints someone as a conservatorship exercises close and continuing oversight to ensure that duties are carried out lawfully and conscientiously.

As an on-point Massachusetts overview of the conservatorship role notes, an appointee has broad powers to act on behalf of a designated adult or minor, which centrally include these:

  • Collecting, assessing and managing estate assets
  • Overseeing property interests
  • Working in tandem with a guardian (if appointed)
  • Paying bills and taxes
  • Executing contracts
  • Dealing with any business that might require a continual focus

Although those powers are certainly impressive, they are far from absolute, with a conservator having a recurrent duty to stay in touch with the court via various filings and reports.

In sum, a conservatorship in Massachusetts is anything but a casual court appointment or a role that can be played without a steady focus and reasoned decision making. A proven guardianship/conservatorship attorney can provide assistance on every aspect relevant to the appointment.

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The Law Offices of Kimberly Butler Rainen
21 Central Street
Andover, MA 01810

Phone: 978-494-6730
Phone: 978-409-1928
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We are in a 1700s Colonial located on the intersection between Brook Street, Central Street and Essex Street in historic downtown Andover, Massachusetts. The parking lot entrance is located on Brook Street, which is a one-way. From Central, turn down Essex Street. Before reaching the railroad tracks, when you see the St. Augustine Church on your right, take a sharp left turn on to Brook Street, which will turn you back toward Central Street. As you ascend the hill back toward Central Street, you will see large stone pillars on either side of the entrance to our parking lot. We have assigned parking spaces numbered 7 and 10.

From the parking lot, you may take the stairs located on the rear, left-side of the building up to the garden area, where the foyer entrance to our office is located. You can also follow the sidewalk on Brook Street up to Central Street, walk along Central Street past the main house entrance (with a wrought iron gate across the walk way) to an opening in the wrought iron fence, in to the garden area where the foyer entrance to our office is located.