Conservatorships & Guardianships

Conservatorships occur when a conservator is appointed by the court to manage an adult’s estate or make personal decisions for the adult. The two types of conservatorship are:

  • Conservatorship of the person
  • Conservatorship of the estate

Guardianships occur when a guardian is appointed by the court to manage a minor’s estate and make personal decisions for the minor. Often a guardianship becomes necessary when a minor is disabled, orphaned or inherits money.

Essentially, guardianship legally formalizes the care-giving responsibility that has been taken on by a guardian without completing a full-blown adoption. The two types of guardianships are:

  • Guardianship of the person — addresses personal decisions
  • Guardianship of the estate — addresses financial decisions

One guardian can handle both or a separate guardian can be appointed for each.

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