A court must find an individual to be unable to make decisions about significant areas of life prior to appointing a conservator, according to Aging Care. Family members may request that a certain individual serve as a conservator, or the court may appoint another suitable individual, advises Nolo. Courts give preference to close family members, such as spouses, children and siblings.Continue Reading
Conservators of an estate are appointed to manage financial affairs, and conservators of a person manage personal and medical affairs, explains Nolo. Courts may appoint one type of conservator or both.
Conservators may be responsible for making medical and end-of-life decisions, releasing confidential information and making investment decisions, advises Aging Care. Courts frequently appoint conservators when a person suffers from Alzheimer's disease or slips into a coma. The roles may be filled by one individual or several.
The process to be appointed a conservator is time consuming, expensive and often emotional, warns Aging Care. Family members often disagree about the necessity of a conservator. The incapacitated adult may also fight to block the appointment of a conservator, advises Nolo.
Conservators expend significant time and money in fulfilling their duties, notes Nolo. Conservators must complete extensive paperwork, attend hearings and retain attorneys on an ongoing basis.Learn more about Law