A conservatorship is a legal proceeding to obtain a guardianship over a person over the age of 18. Generally a probate conservatorship is for a person who is older and has lacked the ability to make their own medical decisions or financial decisions because they are injured, sick or not aging well.

In most cases a probate conservatorship is obtained by a family member or other loved one over an elderly adult who needs assistance. The person that would be placed under a conservatorship must lack capacity or consent to the conservatorship for one to be ordered by the judge.

A conservatorship proceeding usually takes place in the county where the person resides.


In California, a conservatorship is only granted by the judge where there is no other least restrictive alternative available. A conservatorship can be avoided if the person already has valid estate planning documents in place like a revocable living trust, a durable power of attorney and/or advance health care directive. If the estate planning documents exist and are valid, they can often be activated in lieu of a conservatorship. TLD Law attorneys can consult with you to see if a conservatorship is needed.


This is a narrow type of conservatorship that is obtained over an adult who has a developmental disability from birth or early childhood and lacks capacity now that they are age 18 and older. A limited conservatorship allows this young adult to have court supervision in place for someone to make medical and financial decisions for this person as they navigate adulthood. A limited conservatorship is often sought when the young adult is receiving services from a local Regional Center or has disabilities that affect their ability to make sound financial and medical decisions.

This type of conservatorship is easier to obtain and TLD Law attorneys are happy to offer insight if a limited conservatorship would be appropriate for the situation you have in mind.

If you have a question, please contact us for a consultation by calling (877) 923-0971 or emailing today.