Probate Conservatorships

A probate conservatorship is a court proceeding where a judge appoints a responsible person (called a conservator) to care for another adult who cannot care for him/herself or his/her finances. MORE »

An LPS (mental health) conservatorship makes one adult responsible for a mentally ill adult. This type of conservatorship is only for adults with mental illnesses listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  An LPS conservatorship is only for people who are seriously mentally ill and need special care (usually placement in a locked facility and/or very powerful drugs to control behavior). MORE »

A limited conservatorship is a court proceeding where a judge gives a responsible person certain rights to care for another adult who has a developmental disability.  Generally, a person qualifies as developmentally disabled if s/he has an IQ less than 70 or is diagnosed with autism. Because developmentally disabled people can usually do many things on their own, a limited conservator has more limited powers than an LPS conservator. MORE »

Resources & Links

See also our page on Laterman Conservatorships – where one can be placed in a locked facility for treatment.

Our webpages   on Estate Planning,     Sample Will  &   Probate

Handbook for Conservators 313 pages

Helping your loved one – LA County Dept of Mental Health 61 pages Rev 2013

Autism Speaks.org Guardianship & Conservatorship

CA Courts Self Help Site  on Conservatorship

Santa Clara County

Sacramento  – includes forms

Court – JCC forms

LPS Holds Chart

Courts Quick Reference Guide – 21 page Word document

Powers of Conservator

Donald Sterling – Needs Conservatorship? Sale of Clippers? Los Angeles Times

Attorney Help

Mike Flannagan, Esq.

Lisa Fisher, Esq.

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