Conservatorships are helpful when you have a family member who has no estate plan in place but lacks capacity to make decisions and care for himself/herself.  It’s a process wherein the court determines that you can no longer care for yourself properly, and need someone (a conservator), to look after your affairs.  Sometimes the court awards a conservatorship of the person (for health issues) and sometimes a conservatorship of the estate (for financial issues).  You can also ask for both.  Almost anyone can petition to serve as a conservator.  However the process is time consuming and expensive, and requires very careful thought.

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