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What is Conservatorship?

A Conservatorship is a court proceeding in which a judge appoints a responsible person or conservator to care for another adult or conservatee. The probate court can appoint a conservator of the person, a conservator of the estate, or both, depending on the needs of the conservatee.

The types of Conservatorships include:


Conservatorship Type Used when
General An adult is unable to provide for their personal or financial needs due to:
  • physical injury
  • advanced age
  • dementia
  • other reasons
Temporary A person needs immediate help to protect the person or their assets before a hearing on appointment of a permanent conservator
Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act Conservatorship A person is a danger to themselves or others and needs very restrictive living arrangements and mental health care

For more help with Conservator issues, go to Probate Guardianship/Conservator Information.

For more information about Conservatorships, go to the California Courts website.

For the Handbook for Conservators, go to the California Courts website.
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