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Home >> Specialized Senior Resources >> Conservatorships


bullet What is a Conservatorship?

A conservatorship is a court proceeding to appoint a manager for the financial affairs or the personal care of a person who is either physically or mentally unable to handle either or both.

bullet When Might a Conservatorship be Needed?

bulletWhen you know a person who needs someone to protect them from neglect, financial abuse and isolation,
bulletWhen an individual has no family and is not able to completely manage their own affairs,
bulletWhen an individual has family and wishes not to burden them regarding assistance,
bulletWhen relatives/friends are busy with their own lives and need assistance for the care of a loved one.

bullet Who can be Appointed as Conservator?

The court can appoint a family member, a friend, the Public Guardian or a private party/agency.

bullet The Public Guardian

The Public Guardian has been named by the Court as conservator for more than 2,500 persons who are physically or mentally disabled. These individuals cannot care for themselves without help. When such a person is brought to the attention of the Public Guardian, an investigation is made to determine whether friends or family are able and willing to act in the disabled person's best interests. If not, the Public Guardian petitions the Court to be named conservator, and the disabled person becomes the conservatee.

bullet Private Conservatorship Agencies

These non-profit agencies are members of the L.A. Metro Multidisciplinary Team for Consultation on Elders at Risk:


Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
Protective Services Program

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