Different Types & Benefits of Conservatorship

(Court supervised protective proceedings for Individuals)

The Law Offices of Campbell, Clark & Vienneau have been helping individuals like you make decisions concerning conservatorship since 1990. Our attorneys Sandra Clark and Margarita Vienneau focus on the legal areas concerning conservatorship, and have over 30 years of combined experience in this field. Call our firm today if you have concerns about a loved one and feel that a conservatorship is the right choice for you and your family.

Our team will hear your case and work with you on a personal level to help you make the right decision for your loved one. Call today if you have concerns about a loved one losing capacity or being unable to handle their personal or financial affairs.

There are different types of legal conservatorship, each with its own benefits. Knowing the differences between them is very important for your case:

1. Conservatorship of the Person:

A court will order a conservatorship if your loved one's health is at risk because they cannot obtain their own food, shelter, or other basic needs. Benefits of a Conservatorship of the Person include:

  • Provides assistance for your loved one if their health is as risk but they refuse or are unable to obtain help.

  • Allows you to obtain medical information and communicate with your loved one's healthcare professionals.

  • Allows you to have legal authority to make basic personal and healthcare decisions.


2. Conservatorship of the Estate:

A Conservatorship of the Estate is an order to protect the finances of your loved one if they cannot competently handle their own debts and income, or cannot resist undue financial pressure from others. This gives you the legal authority to make good financial decisions for the protected person and to sign checks and other financial documents on their behalf.

3. Limited Conservatorship:

(Typically for a developmentally disabled adult)

A Limited Conservatorship authorizes the conservator to be responsible for part of a developmentally disabled adult's life, including maintaining their finances. Limited Conservatorships are ordered by the court. The disabled adult will generally retain all of their rights, and the conservator is legally required to seek treatment services and opportunities to help the disabled become as independent as possible.