Guardianship vs. Conservatorship

Guardianships and conservatorships can both be used to allow one person to make decisions for an incapacitated individual. Both of these roles require court approval to show that the individual is incapacitated and to name the guardian or conservator. Guardianships A guardian has the power to make decisions on behalf of an incapacitated person or a minor child. This could include healthcare treatment decisions, but also other decisions such as where to live. A guardianship may be necessary in any of the following cases: You have an adult special needs child. You have an elderly parent that has dementia or cognitive decline. A loved one is in a comatose state or unable to communicate. Anyone can petition the court to become an appointed guardian, but the court has the authority to decide who to approve for this important role. Conservatorships A conservatorship is used to give someone authority to manage an incapacitated person’s property. The conservator may handle…

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