The purpose of a Conservatorship is to protect the conservatee from any physical and/or financial harm in situations where the conservatee is physically and/or mentally unable to care for themselves. A conservator is a person who is appointed to care for the conservatee. A conservator is generally a person who is close to the conservatee, such as a family member or friend.
Conservatorships take form in two general ways (discussed below): Conservatorship of the Person and Conservatorship of the Estate. Often times, both are appropriate. Additionally, there is also a Limited Conservatorship.
A Conservatorship of the Person is responsible for the general well-being and health of the individual placed under conservatorship. The conservator decides where the conservatee lives, and whether the conservatee should live at home or elsewhere.
A Conservatorship of the Estate is responsible for managing the finances and property of a person who is unable to do so.
A Limited Conservatorship of the person or estate (or both), is someone who may be appointed for an adult with a developmental disability. This type of conservatorship may be utilized only as necessary to promote the well-being and encourage the independence of the individual, to the extent necessitated by the individual's proven mental and adaptive limitations.
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