All too often, as we grow older our parents, grandparents, and other older family members seem to grow younger – and not in a good way. It may start with your father forgetting where he put his keys or not remembering your cousin’s name. Eventually, however, your father may get to the point where he forgets he even has a car and no longer remembers your name. For an adult child (grandchild etc.) realizing that a parent (or other loved one) is not capable of caring for himself is heart-wrenching. Making the decision to pursue guardianship and/or conservatorship over a parent is agonizing; however, failing to make the decision could be downright dangerous.
If you find yourself contemplating the need to become a guardian/conservator for an elderly loved one it is always best to consult with an experienced Missouri elder law attorney; however, a better understanding of the legalities involved in pursuing guardianship and conservatorship in Missouri may also be beneficial in the meantime.