When a person is no longer capable of taking care of himself or herself, a court can appoint a Guardian and/or Conservator to act on behalf of that person. Guardians and Conservators have a legal duty to act in the best interest of the incapacitated person (generally referred to as a “ward”).
A Guardian is specifically appointed to look after and make decisions for the individual ward—including decisions on ward’s living arrangements, medical care, and general well-being.
A conservator is specifically appointed to look after and make decisions in connection with the ward’s assets.
There are a variety of factors that the courts will consider when appointing a Guardian and/or Conservator—but the most important factor is always the best interest of the ward.
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