Guardianship and Conservatorship

It can often times be scary when you find yourself in a situation where you need to look into guardianship and conservatorship options. In most cases, when you have a family member that is no longer able to care for themselves you will need to think about these options. How do you know which option is right for you? They are both similar in some aspects, but they have a lot of differences as well.

Guardianship vs. Conservatorship

Guardianship is when a court orders someone other than the child’s parent to: have custody of the child; or manage the child’s property (called “estate”); or both. In a guardianship of the person, the guardian has the same responsibilities to care for the child as a parent would. That means the guardian has full legal and physical custody of the child and can make all the decisions about the physical care of the child that a parent would make. A guardian can be anyone: relatives, friends of the family, or other people suitable to raise the child can ask to be legal guardians.

A conservatorship is a court case where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (called the “conservator”) to care for another adult (called the “conservatee”) who cannot care for himself or herself or manage his or her own finances. There are varying dress of conservatorships depending on the conservatee’ needs.

If you are considering these options for a loved one, then you may want to turn to the help of National Family Solutions for help. We have a variety of programs that will help you make these arrangements and take care of the legal documents that are required.

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