Guardianships and Conservatorships

Guardianship and conservatorship are the legal processes by which a person can be put in charge of another person's personal decisions and finances. Typically this happens when someone loses mental capacity and needs assistance with day-to-day functioning and decision-making. This is a process that must be ordered, approved, and monitored by a court of law. Usually a family member serves as guardian and conservator, but sometimes no family is available or eligible to serve, which is where a professional guardian comes in.