A limited conservatorship is a court proceeding where a judge gives a responsible person, called a limited conservator, certain rights to care for another adult who is developmentally disabled. Generally, a person qualifies as developmentally disabled if he/she has an IQ less than 70 or is diagnosed with autism. Other conditions can qualify too.
At the hearing, the judge will say exactly what rights the conservator has.
Because developmentally disabled people can usually do many things on their own, the judge will only give the limited conservator power to do things the conservatee cannot do without help.
The conservator may decide where the disabled adult will live, manage financial affairs, sign a contracts for the person, give or withhold consent for most medical treatments, make decisions about education and vocational training, give or withhold consent to marriage, and control social and sexual contacts and relationships.
Our Conservatorship practice has experience working with young adults with developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Traumatic Brain Injury, Congenital Disorders, and Emotional Disturbances.
If you believe you are in need of a limited conservatorship for the benefit of your special needs child, please contact us for advice and guidance as you make your next moves.