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What is a conservatorship?

What is a conservatorship?

Published: Mar. 24, 2023

According to the California Courts, "a conservatorship is a court case where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (called the ‘conservator’) to care for another adult (called the ‘conservatee’) who cannot care for themselves or manage their own finances. A person cannot be placed under a conservatorship unless they are deemed to ‘lack capacity’ in some way by the court."

If a petition for conservatorship is granted, the court will appoint a conservator (also called a guardian in some states), who will make decisions on behalf of the conservatee.

A limited conservatorship is set up to support the needs of adults with developmental disabilities who are unable to provide for all their personal or financial needs. A general (or “full”) conservatorship is set up for adults who cannot provide for their personal needs in terms of physical health, food, clothing, shelter, or finances.

You can learn more in our article Conservatorships (Limited and Full) in California.

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