Court and Legal Services

We provide personalized services designed to meet the needs of older adults.

Guardian

When a person has been found by the court to lack decisional capacity, the court may appoint and hold accountable a Guardian. It is the duty of the Guardian to ensure the safety and well-being of the incapacitated person and take into account the protected person’s wishes whenever possible. The Guardian makes health care decisions including where the person should live and what care should be provided. An annual report is submitted to the court.

Court Visitor

When there is a Guardianship and/or Conservatorship protective court proceeding, GCM may be named by the court to serve as Court Visitor. The Court Visitor is an independent party whose duty is to evaluate the alleged incapacitated person, render an opinion, and report their findings to the court. (NM Statute states that the court proceeding is paid from the estate of the alleged incapacitated person.)

Expert Witness

GCM may be called upon to be an expert witness. This requires testifying and giving our professional opinion.

Court Appointed Care Management

Sometimes, when the court appoints a Guardian and Conservator, it might also order care management services to arrange for and coordinate care for the protected person.

Health Care Power of Attorney (HCPOA)

A HCPOA is when a decisionally capacitated person elects to name GCM as their surrogate decision maker. GCM acts as HCPOA at those times that the client requests or when the client is unable to make decisions due to temporary illness and incapacity. If GCM is named as Durable Health Care Power of Attorney (DHCPOA), then we may continue to act as the surrogate decision maker, even in the event of permanent incapacity.  Although, at times it may still be necessary for the court to name a Guardian and/or Conservator.

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