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What’s the difference between general and limited conservatorship?

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Conservatorship

Both general and limited conservatorship address the care and management of individuals who are unable to fully care for themselves or handle their own affairs. Understandably, many confuse one over the other, not truly knowing which one is applicable to their situation.

Here are the main differences between general and limited conservatorship:

Who each conservatorship is for

General conservatorships are for individuals who can no longer care for themselves due to physical or mental incapacity as a result of aging, illness or disability. They are ones who require assistance in handling their personal care and managing their financial matters.

On the other hand, limited conservatorships are for people with developmental disabilities, making them vulnerable to fraud or abuse if not properly cared for. Usually, the conservatee in this type of conservatorship can somehow still care for themselves and manage their finances but only to a certain extent.

What the powers are in each conservatorship

A general conservator has comprehensive authority and responsibility over the personal care and financial matters of the conservatee. They make almost all the decisions for the individual under their care, including housing, health care, food, clothing and financial decisions, such as handling income and paying bills.

Conversely, the powers of the conservator in a limited conservatorship are tailored to the specific needs and abilities of the conservatee. This means the conservator may only have control over certain aspects of the conservatee’s life, aspects which the court determines. This allows the conservatee to still practice self-reliance and independence.

Exploring options fit to your situation

If you are looking into conservatorship for your loved one requiring care and protection, it is best to first review the circumstances surrounding the situation meticulously before you explore available options. It is usually advisable to speak to a legal representative adept at conservatorships to ensure you are on the right path to protecting your loved one.