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California Conservatorships: 6 Important Things You Should Know (Pt. 2)


Resuming California Conservatorships: 6 Important Things You Should Know (Pt. 1), here, we’ll highlight some more crucial info to know if you are considering stepping into the role of conservator.

More Important Info About California Conservatorships

3 – When California conservatorships have been granted, Letters of Conservatorship will be issued.

These Letters are proof of California conservatorships and conservators’ authority over specific aspects of conservatees’ lives. While Letters of Conservatorship can lay out some specific duties or responsibilities that conservators have, conservators can have a number of other powers not specifically delineated in these Letters.

Retaining copies of Letters of Conservatorship can be crucial to the fulfillment of conservator duties. In particular, some of the ways that these Letters can be helpful include:

  • Opening up bank accounts for conservatees.
  • Changing mailing addresses at the Post Office for conservatees.
  • Moving around conservatees’ funds (for the purposes of investment and/or satisfying living expenses, for instance).
  • Proving to medical professionals that conservators have the legal authority to make decisions about conservatees’ medical care.

If you’ve been granted a California conservatorship and never received one of these Letters, it’s advised that you contact an experienced lawyer who can help you resolve the holdup/complications.

4 – Conservatees have some specific rights.

In fact, according to the California Bar Association, conservatees’ rights include (but may not be exclusive to) the rights to:

  • Request a change of conservator from a judge.
  • Request the end of the conservatorship.
  • Directly receive a salary or allowance.
  • Alter his or her will.
  • Receive personal mail.
  • Retain his or her own lawyer.
  • Get married, vote, control personal spending, and/or have visits from friends and family – as long as a judge has not specifically barred any of these activities (which can occur if such activities are risky and/or generally not perceived to be in the best interest of the conservatee/public for whatever reason).

When conservatees reside in assisted care and living facilities, they will also have the rights specifically outlined in California’s Patient’s Bill of Rights. If your loved one is a conservatee in California, understanding the rights (s)he has can be important to ensuring that his California conservatorship is offering the appropriate protections.

Be sure to look for the final installment of this blog series for some more important info about California conservatorships.

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