Yuba City, CA asked in Family Law, Elder Law, Health Care Law and Juvenile Law for California

Q: I just went to a IEP for 13 old developmentally delayed told to find out on conservitership. Need help & answers.

Do I need to do conservitership, at what time and for what reason since we are her natural parents?

1 Lawyer Answer
Jeffrey Louis Gaffney
Jeffrey Louis Gaffney
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Carlsbad, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You do not need a conservatorship until the child turns 18. The conservatorship then will allow you to still continue to make all of their decisions for them as you care for them. The process takes 3 or 4 months so start early. Many places can provide you with help at that time; here in San Diego the Legal Aid Society runs a clinic.

As her natural parents, there is nothing a conservatorship can do for you now that you cannot already do as her parents. I am not sure why someone would get your worked up about it four years too soon. Just put it on you calendar to do when she is 17 and a half.

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