Attorneys want state conservatorship law changes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state lawyers group is recommending changes in state law governing conservatorships.

Courts can appoint conservators to handle affairs of people a judge deems incapable of making their own decisions. Under a conservatorship, a person's right to make health care, financial and other personal decisions can be stripped away.

The Tennessean reported the Tennessee Bar Association met during the weekend and approved recommendations to the legislature. Among them is a provision for placing a person in a conservatorship on an emergency basis. The period of an emergency conservatorship would be no more than 60 days and a hearing would be held within five days.

The emergency plan is one of 16 recommendations approved by the bar.


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