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Montana Guardianship & Conservatorship Lawyer at HagEstad Law Group, PLLC

At HagEstad Law Group, PLLC, our Montana guardianship conservatorship lawyer team is dedicated to guiding families and individuals through the intricacies of guardianship and conservatorship in Montana.


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What Is Guardianship?

What Is Guardianship

Guardianship refers to a legal process where the court appoints a trusted person, known as a guardian, to make decisions on behalf of a minor child or incapacitated person, including those related to health care, education, and daily life activities.

The primary goal of guardianship is to ensure the well-being and best interests of the ward or the person under guardianship, especially when they're unable to make informed decisions for themselves.

What Is Conservatorship?

In a conservatorship, the court appoints an individual to manage the financial affairs and assets of an incapacitated person, who is known as the conservatee. This may entail overseeing their bank accounts, real estate holdings, investments, and other financial matters.

It's the conservator's legal duty to make financial decisions that are in the conservatee's best interests, thereby safeguarding their assets and finances.

The Difference Between Guardianship and Conservatorship in Montana

While both guardianship and conservatorship aim to protect the interests of incapacitated persons, they serve distinct purposes. Guardianship focuses on personal and health-related decisions, whereas conservatorship centers on financial management.

In some cases, the same person can serve as both the guardian and conservator. However, the court may also decide to appoint separate individuals for each role, depending on the specific needs and circumstances of the incapacitated person.

When Is Guardianship or Conservatorship Necessary?

When Is Guardianship or Conservatorship Necessary?

Guardianship or conservatorship becomes necessary when an individual cannot make informed decisions regarding their personal care or financial matters due to illness, age, or disability.

For instance, a senior with dementia may require a guardian to make important healthcare decisions. Similarly, someone with a severe cognitive impairment might need a conservator to manage their finances. The primary goal of both arrangements is to protect and promote the incapacitated person's interests.

What Services Do Our Guardianship and Conservatorship Lawyers Provide?

The experienced attorneys at HagEstad Law Group, PLLC, offer comprehensive services in the realms of guardianship and conservatorship in Montana.

The services we provide to Guardians and Conservators include:

  • Living guardianship: Ensuring the well-being of incapacitated adults or minor children;
  • Conservatorship for financial decisions: Assisting incapacitated persons in managing their finances and assets;
  • Guardianship for healthcare: Making health-related decisions for those who are unable to do so;
  • Guardianship for minor children: Protecting the interests of minor children when parents are unable to care for them;
  • Legal guidance and representation: From petitioning the court to handling complex legal paperwork, we offer our clients an efficient, friction-free process.

Our lawyers are fully qualified to handle guardianship and conservatorship proceedings in Montana, including the crucial steps that come before and after the appointment.

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Our Guardianship and Conservatorship Legal Process

We understand that entering into a guardianship or conservatorship can be daunting. Our structured legal process ensures that every step of the process is transparent, efficient, and tailored to each client's unique needs.

Here's a breakdown of our approach:

Our Estate & Probate Law Legal Process

Initial Consultation

We always begin with an in-depth consultation to understand your specific situation and needs. This allows us to provide personalized advice and outline the best course of action.

Petitioning the Court

Our attorneys will prepare and file the necessary paperwork to petition the court for guardianship or conservatorship, confirming that all legal requirements are met.

Assessment and Evaluation

We'll help conduct an evaluation of the incapacitated person to determine the extent of their incapacity and their need for guardianship or conservatorship.

Court Hearing

Next, a hearing will be scheduled where all parties have a chance to present their case. Our attorneys will represent and advocate for your interests, pushing for the best possible outcome.

Appointment of Guardian or Conservator

If the court determines a need, it will appoint a guardian or conservator. This could be an individual, professional, or organization, depending on the circumstances.

Ongoing Management and Reporting

Once appointed, the guardian or conservator will have specific responsibilities, including making regular reports to the court. We'll make sure these duties are carried out efficiently and in compliance with Montana law.

Review and Termination

The court periodically reviews guardianship and conservatorship arrangements. If circumstances change, the arrangement can be modified or terminated. We'll keep you informed at every step to guarantee a smooth transition.

Why Put Your Trust In Us?

Why Choose HagEstad Law Group for Your Guardianship and Conservatorship Needs?


Extensive Experience

With years of dedicated service in Montana, our veteran team has a wide and deep knowledge of MT guardianship and conservatorship laws. Our track record speaks to our ability to handle even the most challenging cases skillfully and with care.


A Personalized Approach

Everyone has unique needs. We'll do everything in our power to understand your specific situation and tailor our legal strategies to achieve the best outcomes for you and your loved ones.


Comprehensive Legal Support

From the initial consultation with a conservatorship attorney to the final resolution, we stand by our clients every step of the way. Whether it's preparing paperwork, representing you in court, or providing post-appointment guidance, our support is unwavering.

G. Patrick HagEstad

G. Patrick HagEstad

G. Patrick HagEstad

  • Licensed in Arizona and Montana
  • AV Preeminent Rated in Litigation, Insurance, and Professional liability by Martindale-Hubbell
David J. HagEstad

David J. HagEstad

David J. HagEstad

  • Licensed in Arizona, Montana, and Texas.
  • President of Surprise Professional Center Office Condo Association
David J. HagEstad

Brien B. Birge

Brien B. Birge

  • Licensed in Arizona and Montana
  • Specialized in Estate Planning & Insurance Litigation

Meet Our Guardianship and Conservatorship Attorneys

The capable team at HagEstad Law Group's Missoula office includes seasoned attorneys with ample experience in guardianship and conservatorship law in Montana. We're committed to providing every client with the best legal assistance possible.

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