Fullerton, Lemann, Schaefer & Dominick, LLP assists families throughout the Inland Empire facing the permanent or temporary incapacity of a loved one with establishing and administering conservatorships. Our attorneys understand the challenges presented by the incapacity of a loved one and can help you through this difficult time. Contact Fullerton, Lemann, Schaefer & Dominick, LLP to schedule a consultation with an experienced California conservatorship attorney.

A person may become incapacitated for many reasons, including an accident, illness or disease such as dementia. In the event a person becomes unable to manage their own care or their finances, they may be in need of a conservatorship. In California, a conservatorship is a court proceeding where a judge determines that a person (the "conservatee") in unable to care for his or her personal well-being or finances. When this occurs, the judge will appoint a conservator to handle the conservatee's care and/or finances. There are two types of conservatorships in California:

Conservatorships of the Person
A conservator of the person is appointed to manage the conservatee's physical well-being and needs, including food, clothing, personal care, housekeeping, transportation, recreation, and health care.

Conservatorships of the Estate
A conservator of the estate is appointed to manage the conservatee's finances. The conservator must inventory and invest the conservatee's assets, ensure that bills and taxes are paid and the conservatee’s financial needs are met, and keep accurate financial records.

General, Limited & Temporary Conservatorships
Conservatorships may be general, limited, or temporary in nature. A general conservatorship usually applies to an adult who is unable to manage their care or finances on their own due to some type of severe mental and/or physical impairment caused by an accident, illness, disease, or other factor. However, in some cases, a limited or temporary conservatorship may be more appropriate.

A limited conservatorship usually applies to adults who can manage their daily care, but who need help with some tasks or managing some financial aspects of their estate. However, they do not need the extensive level of assistance provided by a general conservatorship. For example, people with epilepsy or cerebral palsy may be able to handle many daily tasks on their own, but they may require some help managing finances or completing other tasks, such as taking care of household chores or driving to the grocery store.

A temporary conservatorship may be required when a person needs immediate assistance without delay. In such a case, a judge generally appoints the temporary conservator for a set period of time, at which point a permanent conservator can be appointed to care for the conservatee. A temporary conservator has all the duties of a permanent conservator, but is only required to care for the conservatee for a limited time, as determined by the court.

For further information regarding conservatorships, please see our Guardianship and Conservatorship FAQs page.

The law firm Fullerton, Lemann, Schaefer & Dominick, LLP represents clients in estate planning, trust and probate law matters in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties and throughout the Southern California communities of the Inland Empire, including San Bernardino, Riverside, Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Fontana, Rialto, Colton, Bloomington, Loma Linda, Highland, Yucaipa, Calimesa, Banning, Beaumont, Moreno Valley and Corona, the Mountain communities of Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, Running Springs and Wrightwood, the High Desert communities of Victorville, Barstow, Hesperia, Apple Valley and Adelanto and the Low Desert communities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Indian Wells and Bermuda Dunes.

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