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See also: curatorship; for minors, see guardianship.

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    Conservatorship is a court proceeding where a judge picks someone (a conservator) to take care of an adult's personal needs and/or his or her finances.

    California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)

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    Legal right given to a person to manage the property and financial affairs of a person deemed incapable of doing that for himself or herself. Conservators have somewhat less responsibility than guardians.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    Court-ordered imposition of the oversight of one’s financial and other property interests due to adjudicated incapacity.

    Drogin, Eric Y., et al. Handbook of forensic assessment: Psychological and psychiatric perspectives. Vol. 209. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

Letters of conservatorship

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    A court paper that states that the conservator is authorized to act on the conservatee's behalf. Also called "Letters.”

    California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)