At Hartung Schroeder, our dedicated attorneys and staff provide counsel and representation to family members seeking to assist loved ones who are facing incapacitating illnesses, advancing age, or disabilities and are no longer able to manage care or finances. It is often in the moment of crisis that failures in, or the absence of advanced directives and powers of attorney become known. In this situation, Iowa law enables the Courts to step in and fill the void through the creation of a guardianship or a conservatorship.
A guardian is responsible for a protected person's well being; a conservator is responsible for the person's estate or financial affairs. A court proceeding to seek the appointment of a guardian or conservator is referred to as a "protective proceeding." A person alleged to be incapacitated or in need of protection is called the "Respondent" unless and until a guardian or conservator is appointed. A person for whom a guardian has been appointed is called a "ward"; a person for whom a conservator has been appointed is called the "protected person."
We also represent individuals who are objecting to the establishment or continuation of a protective proceeding for themselves or a family member. It is our goal to not only preserve the rights of the Respondent, but to also help their families understand their needs and to establish the best form of support structure for each unique situation.
At Hartung Schroeder, we are committed to finding a solution to our clients' needs that can grow and modify with the changing times and needs. We understand the aging process and how it can affect the life of a family.