Conservatorship is a legal term that refers to an individual that is deemed gravely disabled by the court and unable to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter without relying heavily on others for these basic necessities of life.
A conservatorship can be established by a court order even against the individual's wishes.
With a proper estate plan, which includes a living trust and power of attorney, you may be able to avoid a conservatorship. When you become incapacitated, it is important to have someone you trust make decisions that affect your medical and personal care as well as manage all your financial affairs. If pursuing conservatorship law options is the most beneficial option for your situation, we will stand by you throughout the process.
There are generally two types of conservatorships: conservatorship of the estate, and conservatorship of the person. A conservator of the estate handles financial affairs such as income, debt, public assistance benefits, assets, and other business and financial decisions. Conservatorship of the person involves care of the individual’s personal needs, such as meals, health care, transport, and living arrangements. Depending on the case, one conservator may be appointed to serve in both roles, or there may be a separate conservator for each role.
It is not unusual for the person to resist the appointment of a conservator. Sometimes contested conservatorship proceedings can be some of the most painful actions in probate court. Let us work with you to avoid this troubling process.