What Is Guardianship or Conservatorship?
A guardian is an individual appointed by the court to ensure that the general needs (i.e. food, shelter and health care needs) of the minor or disabled person are properly met. A conservator is an individual appointed by the court to ensure that the financial needs of a minor or disabled person are met. There are a number of instances when it may be necessary to establish a legal guardianship or conservatorship:
The incapacitated person or minor child in need of a guardian or conservator is referred to as the “ward.” Anyone who is interested in the wellbeing of the ward may petition to be appointed as the guardian or conservator. When the court is making a determination as to who to appoint as guardian or conservator the court looks to act in the best interest of the ward. Generally speaking it is typical for the court to appoint a family member, spouse, or a close friend because of the close ties these individuals typically have with the ward.
The guardian /conservator appointments are periodically reviewed to make sure that the needs of the minor or disabled person are being properly addressed party.