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What is a Guardianship or Conservatorship?

posted Mar 18, 2013, 8:25 AM by Brenda Guynes
Guardianship is the legal process of determining a person’s capacity to make decisions for
himself regarding his personal affairs (such as where he lives or the care he requires.) When a
person has been adjudged to be incapacitated (unable to make decisions affecting his personal
affairs), a guardian is appointed to make those decisions for him, based on that individual’s
own best interests.

Conservatorship is similar to guardianship, but differs in that it deals only with the financial
affairs of an individual. A conservator is appointed by the court after it is found that an
individual does not have the capacity to manage his finances, such as balancing his checkbook.
A conservator has no authority to make decisions regarding another individual’s personal
affairs. Only a guardian has such power.

If you think someone you care about needs a Guardian or a Conservator, contact an attorney.
Brenda Guynes,
Mar 18, 2013, 8:25 AM