Who may act as a conservator?
The final selection of a conservator is solely in the hands of the court, which is guided in its selection process by what appears to be in the best interest of the proposed conservatee. This may be a relative, friend, interested third party, organization or the Public Guardian.
In cases where a relative, friend, third party or organization is willing and qualified to act as a conservator, that person or representative of the organization is advised to contact an attorney for information and assistance in petitioning the Court for appointment as the conservator. At the time a petition is filed, the Superior Court Investigator (for Probate) or the Conservatorship Investigator (for L.P.S.) advises the proposed conservatee of his/her rights, reviews the need for conservatorship and makes a recommendation to the court.
If a relative, friend or interested third party is willing to act as the conservator, the following steps are advised:
- Contact an attorney. The County Bar Association provides a lawyer referral service that can assist in locating an attorney.
- Formulate a care plan that addresses the personal care needs of food, clothing and shelter for the conservatee.
- Formulate a care plan for handling the conservatee’s finances and protecting the assets.
If a conservatee is placed in a licensed facility and has concerns that they are not being cared for properly, they have the following options:
- Contact the Office of the Public Guardian.
- Contact their Court appointed attorney.
- Contact Ombudsman Advocate.