What is a conservatorship?
A conservatorship is a court-supervised proceeding for managing the financial affairs and/or personal care of a person called a conservatee. The individual appointed to manage the incapacitated person’s affairs is called a conservator.
While you have capacity, you may execute revocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and advance health care directives to avoid the need for a conservatorship in the event that you become incapacitated.
A Conservator of the Person arranges for the conservatee’s care and protection, decides where the conservatee will live, makes arrangements for the conservatee’s health care, meals, clothing, personal care, housekeeping, transportation and recreation.
A Conservator of the Estate manages the conservatee’s finances, takes control of and protects the conservatee’s assets, collects the conservatee’s income, pays the conservatee’s bills.
Limited conservatorships may be established for adults with developmental disabilities who need assistance in caring for themselves or their property.
Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) conservatorships may be established for people who are unable to provide for their food, clothing, or shelter as a result of a mental disorder. LPS conservatorships may be initiated only by the county Public Guardian.
Revocable trusts, durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives are documents you may execute while you have capacity to avoid a conservatorship in the event that you become incapacitated.