When a person becomes incapacitated at any age and requires help with managing their own affairs, appointing a conservator may become necessary. Conservatorship is a legal fiduciary role where the probate court appoints a substitute decision-maker for an individual who is determined to be incapable of managing his or her own financial or personal affairs. In Connecticut, a Conservator of the Estate supervises financial affairs, including caring for property, managing bank accounts and ensuring the safe handling of the person's income, the filing of tax returns, and applying for any social services or government benefits that may be available. A Conservator of the Person supervises personal affairs assuring that the person's basic needs, including food, shelter, clothing and health care, are met. Conservatorships are under the jurisdiction of the local probate court. There are voluntary and involuntary conservatorships, and application procedures and legal effects differ depending on the type of conservatorship sought.
Our law firm is frequently appointed by local probate courts to serve as a conservator for an incapacitated person, or as the attorney for an incapacitated person who is sought to be conserved. Building on the strength of our experience, we can offer professional and compassionate advice for families and individuals facing the need for conservatorship for their loved one. We can advise you about the options available for your particular situation, and whether a conservatorship or some other legal alternative would best suit your needs.