Different forms of conservatorship apply to estates and to individuals and include guardianship, Lanterman-Petris-Short or LPS conservatorship, and temporary and long-term conservatorship. Guardianship is simply a form of conservatorship applicable to an individual under the age of 18.
An LPS conservatorship is a court-ordered conservatorship that applies to a person with a serious mental illness. A social service agency must initiate this form of conservatorship against the will of the conservatee, which results in the involuntary confinement of the person to undergo treatment or prevent him from posing a threat to the community.
A conservatorship can also take the form of a temporary or a long-term conservatorship. A temporary conservatorship generally lasts for a period of 30 to 60 days and is appointed as a short-term solution until a long-term conservatorship can be found, if needed.