On July 11th I had the pleasure of speaking to the residents and families at the Governor's House in Simsbury about conservatorships. A conservatorship in Connecticut is appropriate in a situation where the person who is conserved is incapable of making their own financial and/or medical decisions.
Generally, a person will need someone to make both types of decisions but in some instances a person will only need someone to make one type of decision or the other. A conservator of the estate is a person who handles the financial affairs of the conserved person. A conservator of the person is a person who handles the medical decision making of the conserved person.
In Connecticut, a conservator can be appointed by the Probate Court or a person can appoint a conservator for themselves, in the event they are unable to make these types of decisions. This is typically done at the same time the person is drafting their will. If the person has not designated a conservator, then family members will often ask the Probate Court to appoint them to manage their loved ones affairs.
A conservatorship is an important vehicle in which a person who is no longer able to care for themselves has a person who is able to manage their affairs.
Lisa M. Foy, Esq. Foy and Foy, 928 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Ct 06070. www.foylawct.com. (860) 658-4530.