When you are appointed to serve as a conservator, you will be given either general or limited powers. A general conservator has more comprehensive powers, it is awarded when conservatees are incapacitated or otherwise incapable of self-care. A limited conservatorship gives the conservator only certain specified powers, allowing conservatees to as many rights as possible.
If granted by the court, California law provides the limited conservator with decision-making authority (and the limited conservatee can be denied power) in as many as seven (7) areas:
- To fix the person’s residence.
- Access to the confidential records and papers.
- To consent or withhold consent to marriage.
- The right to contract.
- The power to give or withhold medical consent.
- Control social and sexual contacts and relations.
- Decisions concerning education or training.
The goal of a limited conservatorship is provide conservatees the authority to assist conservators where needed, but also to give conservatees the ability to exercise maximum self-reliance and independence. Ideally, the limited conservator should know the conservatee and understand what is in their best interests. If handling the conservatees finances, the limited conservator should have financial management skills. Finally, it is critical for any conservator to be devoted to assisting the other person.
Our attorneys have handled a wide array of conservatorship issues. They have even worked on some highly publicized cases involving celebrities. We can help with conservatorships for a person, an estate, or both. We can also help with regular, limited and LPS conservatorships. We are here to help you, and will walk you through the process from beginning to end. Schedule your no-cost consultation now by calling (714) 963-7543.