(505) 337-9151   P.O. Box 699, Bernalillo, NM 87004

Acting as a guardian or conservator is where the vast majority of VERITAS ATHENA services are provided. In some instances the court must appoint a guardian or conservator for a protected person who cannot continue to care for themselves. In these cases, VERITAS ATHENA works closely with the court to ensure sound, careful decisions are made for our clients.

The court process can be highly emotional with many distinct voices. Our trained and experienced legal personnel help you to understand the potential legal, financial, and personal consequences while ensuring that the decisions of the court are followed and maintained. One person or entity can serve as both guardian and conservator for a protected person, or different people can serve in each role. Who serves in these roles is a decision typically made between the family and VERITAS ATHENA based on the protected person’s estate planning documents. These proceedings and decisions demand a high level of sensitivity and scrutiny.

One person or entity can serve as both guardian and conservator for a protected person, or different people can serve in each role.  Who serves in these roles is a decision typically made between the family and VERITAS ATHENA based on the protected person’s estate planning documents.

Guardians

When Veritas Athena is appointed as a guardian, we take responsibility for the health, safety, and residential placement of each individual. A guardian is responsible to ensure that each individual is receiving the care they need including:

  • Medical care coordination which includes consent to all medical procedures including medical tests, surgeries and medications
  • Residential placement based on needs and abilities. Examples include:
    • group home
    • family living provider
    • independent living facility
    • assisted living facility
    • nursing (memory care) facility
    • protected person’s home with supplemental care and assistance as necessary
    • a protected juvenile living at parent’s home
  • Managing additional services such as home health care, cooking services, cleaning services, therapies and nursing care.

A guardian is not responsible for paying for any needed services or medical treatments for the protected person from their own funds, nor is the guardian generally liable for the actions of the protected person.

Conservators

When Veritas Athena is appointed as conservator, we take responsibility for the protected individual’s financial matters.  This includes the following for the protected person:

  • Collecting income or benefits
    • retirement or pension benefits
    • governmental benefits
    • other income source
  • Paying bills
  • Managing financial accounts and investments
  • Budgeting
  • Preparing of taxes

A conservator is not responsible to pay for any needed services or medical treatments for the protected person from their own funds, nor is the conservator generally liable for the actions of the protected person.