Regular readers of our Torrance elder law blog know that we strive to make complex issues understandable. In that way, we can help people to navigate a tangled probate system.

Let’s take a look this time at California conservatorships: what are they and how can they be useful in your life and in the life of a loved one?

General conservatorships are for adult residents of our state who can’t take care of themselves or their finances, the Judicial Branch of California states on its website. In most cases, the conservatees are elderly, but there are certainly instances of younger people who have been impaired by injuries or illnesses.

In some situations, a court will appoint a temporary conservator when there’s an immediate need. The temporary conservator serves until a general conservator is appointed.

A conservator’s duties include:

  • Arranging for care and protection
  • Deciding on a living arrangement for the conservatee
  • Making arrangements for meals, health care, clothing, transport, recreation, etc.
  • Report to the court on the person’s status
  • Manage finances, including collecting income and paying bills
  • Create a budget to demonstrate what the conservatee can afford
  • Make prudent investments on behalf of the person 
  • Protect the person’s assets

People who can be conservators include a spouse or domestic partner, adult child, a parent, sibling or other court-approved person.

For more help understanding the duties, obligations and requirements of conservatorship, you can contact the Law Office of Matthew C. Yu. Our Torrance office can help you understand your legal options in these matters and in related concerns.