When a family member, close friend or other loved one is no longer capable to manage his or her
own personal affairs, the Court may grant authority to another person, called a guardian, to
manage, make decisions or otherwise control that person’s physical care and custody. A
guardian’s responsibility involves matters surrounding the person’s health, safety, appropriate
living situations and overall well-being.
If a family member, close friend, or other loved one is no longer capable to manage his or her own financial affairs, the Court may appoint a conservator to handle all of the individual’s financial matters. While a guardian handles the individual’s health, care and overall well being, the conservator’s responsibilities include managing bank accounts, investment funds, real estate or any other assets the individual may possess but not cannot effectively manage on their own.