Guardianship and Conservatorship

Photo-GuardianshipConservatorshipGuardianships and conservatorships are efforts to protect those individuals who are unable to make appropriate decisions regarding life choices and personal finances. A guardianship or a conservatorship is established through a legal action, or proceeding.

The court makes a decision to appoint a guardian or a conservator based on clear and convincing evidence that the protected person or ward is unable to make necessary decisions on his or her own behalf. Guardianship or conservatorship should only be sought if the individual's judgment or decision-making is a major threat to his or her own welfare.