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What Do Conservators Do? Understanding Conservatorships

Understanding what exactly a conservator or guardian is supposed to do can be difficult. Today, we're here to answer those questions by giving you a rundown of the duties and responsibilities of legal conservators.

To schedule a consultation with our team and receive help for your conservatorship case, contact us online or via phone at (636) 400-1177.

When Are Conservators Appointed?

Conservators are generally appointed for children if their other legal guardians (typically their parents) pass away or are unable to care for them. For older individuals, a conservator may be appointed if the ward in question lacks the capacity to care for themselves in some way and ensure they can maintain a good quality of life.

In conservatorship cases, two kinds of conservators are commonly appointed: Conservators of the estate, and conservators of the person.

Conservators of the Person

A conservator or guardian of the person helps a ward manage their day-to-day life. This can include working with them to manage medical conditions and treatments, such as helping them attend doctor's appointments or ensuring that medications remain filled.

How hands-on or off a conservator of the person is depends highly on the needs of their ward. Some wards may require more personal attention than others.

Conservators of the Estate

Unlike conservators of the person, conservators or guardians of the estate typically handle the financial responsibilities of their wards, but not necessarily their medical or personal activities.

Conservators of the estate are frequently appointed to help wards manage their finances or estate until they can do so themselves or help out wards who may manage their day-to-day lives but have more difficulty with long-term decisions such as investments.

To schedule a consultation with our team for your guardianship case, contact our team online or via phone at (636) 400-1177.

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