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Conservatorship

Conservatorship Information

Conservatorship is the court process by which a judge appoints another person or organization (the "conservator") to manage the affairs of another adult person (the "conservatee") that is not able to take care of themselves or their finances.

The duties of a conservator can include:
  • Arranging for the conservatee's care and protection;
  • Deciding where the conservatee will live;
  • Making decisions about health care ,food, clothes, personal care, housekeeping, transportation, and recreation;
  • Managing the conservatee's finances;
  • Protecting the conservatee's income and property;
  • Making sure the conservatee's bills are paid and taxes are filed and paid on time;
  • Investing the conservatee's money;
  • Making sure the conservatee gets all the benefits he or she is eligible for;
  • Keeping exact financial records; and
  • Making regular reports of the financial accounts to the court and other interested persons.
Conservatee's retain the following rights:
  • Be treated with understanding and respect;
  • Have their wishes considered; and
  • Be well cared for.
  • Control their own salary;
  • Make or change their will;
  • Get married;
  • Get mail;
  • Have a lawyer;
  • Ask a judge to change conservators or end the conservatorship;
  • Vote, unless a judge says they're not able to;
  • Control personal spending money if a judge allows them to have such an allowance; and
  • Make their own health-care decisions, unless a judge gives that right to a conservator.

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