When situations accelerate, a parent or parent denies the need for help and are at high risk or danger to self; it may be time to consider guardianship or conservatorship. There are times when family members don’t want the responsibility of serving in this capacity. In these events a professional guardian or conservator may be hired to fill this role. If family is willing to serve, the process may be completed without an attorney provided there is support from adult protective services or a professional familiar with the process. This can save the family thousands of dollars. A traditional filing if done by an attorney can range from $3-6,000. If a family files without an attorney the fee may be less than $500.