Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesdays with Elders - Legal Eagles

My great uncle Manny carved the Eagle statue
 now outside of Boston College.
With temporary guardianship/conservatorship in hand, I was bothered by the fact that Ma never had a chance to have her say about what was happening to her. It didn't seem fair.I knew it wouldn't change the outcome, and personally, I didn't agree, but as her guardian, even a temporary guardian, it was my obligation to protect her rights.  I asked the State attorney if the Court could appoint an attorney for Ma.

My wish was granted at the August hearing and the temporary guardianship/conservatorship was extended. The Court would revisit the case in November. At the November hearing, I got to meet Ma's attorney though I had spoken to him several times on the phone. At the November hearing, Ma's attorney asked for a continuance as wrench got thrown into the works. (That's a story for another time.)

Ma's attorney explained to her the Court would appoint a guardian/conservator and since that was going to happen, it might as well be me. At the January hearing, I was finally granted permanent guardian/conservatorship. The entire process took nine months.

While I could have done without the added stress and the trips back and forth to the courthouse, I'm glad Ma had  legal representation. It was the right thing to do.


  1. I love the statue. How exciting.
    And the journey continues with elder care.

  2. That's cool that you know your Uncle carved the eagle!

    (Sometimes the right thing to do isn't the easy thing....Glad you followed your heart. It will bring you comfort.)