How do I become a conservator?

To become a conservator, you must file a petition, pay the fee, serve interested persons, and appear at a hearing. Generally anyone may petition to become conservator.

What is the difference between a conservatorship and guardianship?

A conservator has responsibility over the ward's finances, whereas the guardian has responsibility over the ward's health care and well being.

I filed a Verification last year, do I have to file one again?

Verification of Funds must be filed every year on minor conservatorships to ensure that the minor's funds are properly preserved.

Who must file a Verification of Funds?

A conservator for a minor is required to file a Verification on Deposit with the court on a yearly basis.

Who fills out the Verification of Funds?

A representative of the financial institution where the funds are held must fill out and sign the Verification on Deposit.

Who pays the guardian ad litem (GAL) fees for adult conservatorship cases?

Generally, GAL fees are paid from the ward's estate; however, if the ward's estate is insolvent or not liquid, then the GAL will bill the County.

What do I do if a protected individual dies?

If a protected individual dies, the conservator must file a final account with 56 days. After the account is allowed, the personal representative must file a receipt for any remaining funds so the order discharging the conservator can be entered and the conservatorship file closed.