When someone you love and care about is helpless due to a disability or illness, legal protection can be put in place to keep them safe. Guardianships and conservatorships are legal devices that specify a court-appointed caretaker to administer the affairs of someone who has become unable to protect or care for themselves.
Guardians and conservators are usually defined as:
- Guardians are generally appointed to look after the needs of minor children whose parents have died or are unable to care for them.
- Conservators of the Estate are appointed to manage a person’s financial affairs.
- Conservators of the Person are appointed to ensure the care of a person, such as health care, food, clothing, and where the person will live.
- Limited Conservatorships are used to appoint a conservator for a person with developmental disabilities, and are limited to handling only the matters dictated by the court.
The Law Offices of Eric A. Rudolph P.C. can provide you with more information on guardianships and conservatorships.