My dev. disabled daughter is very high functioning, and can sign her name and understand in simple language what she is signing. However, I have always signed for her and have never been asked about it. I was updating my Special Needs Trust and the attorney said I needed to conserve her. It costs $10,000 in Calif.! I can't afford that. Is the healthcare POA acceptable since, if questioned, she can understand and sign herself?
If your daughter is high functioning, and doctors have not questioned your ability to help with her medical decisions, there is no need to conserve her. Usually the trigger for a conservatorship of a high-functioning child is (1) doctors refuse to let mom be involved in medical decisions; or (2) someone takes advantage of the child by swindling her and you find you need to protect her.
As a side note, I don't know why a conservatorship should cost so much. Most attorneys I know charge about 1/3 of the price you mentioned for a limited conservatorship.
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