If you are interested in being appointed as the conservator for a loved one who is unable to provide self-care (the conservatee), it is important to seek legal help. The conservatorship process is designed to ensure the conservatees best interests. You may get appointed as a conservator in California by following these steps:
- Filing the Petition. A petition must be filed with the court that provides information regarding the conservatee and why the conservatorship is necessary.
- Informing the proposed conservatee. The petition must be personally served on the proposed conservatee.
- Notifying relatives. A copy of the petition and written notice regarding the hearing on the petition for the conservatorship must be mailed to the proposed conservatees spouse, domestic partner and other close family members.
- Investigation. The court will appoint an investigator to talk to the proposed conservatee and other parties who are familiar with the conservatees condition.
- Hearing. If the conservatee is physically or mentally capable, he/she must attend the hearing on the petition for the conservatorship. The court will review the court records to determine if all of the appropriate and necessary parties have been notified of the hearing. The court will either grant or deny the request for the conservatorship. If the petition is granted, the court will enter an order appointing the conservator and Letters of Conservatorship will be issued.
While there are many other factors and steps that must be considered and taken when seeking a conservatorship, the above provides a general summary of the process. There are lots of good reasons to act quickly if you think a conservatorship is needed. Having conservator powers will help you protect the conservatee from physical harm and financial ruin. If you are uncertain about the timing for a conservatorship, feel free to contact us to schedule your no-cost consultation. We are truly here to help. Simply call: (714) 963-7543