If you’ve watched how the conservatorships of some high-profile individuals have worked out in recent years, you might think that once they’re in place, there’s no way to terminate them. That’s not the case, though.
A conservatee and their prospective conservator must attend a court hearing before you can establish such a legal arrangement. They’ll also need to both be present if a conservatee decides that they wish to regain control over their financial or personal affairs as well. This is one of many vital details that you can benefit from learning about conservatorships.
What is a conservatorship?
Individuals with physical or mental impairments may request that a probate judge appoint them a conservator to oversee their personal and financial affairs. A conservator generally manages the care and assets of their conservatee. Conservators must generally be bonded and perform all their actions under the watchful eye of the probate judge, who holds them accountable for their actions.
How long do conservatorships generally last?
A conservatorship isn’t something that you can petition the court to set up on a whim. Instead, you must file a petition with the court in the county in which you reside and attend a hearing about it. They’ll want to see evidence of some type of impairment before establishing the conservatorship.
Ending the conservatorship involves a reversal of those same steps. You’ll need to provide the court with documentation showing that your impairment no longer affects you like it once did. A judge may terminate your conservatorship if you’re able to produce such evidence.
Your conservatorship may also come to an automatic end when you pass away or your conservator resigns their role.
Do you want to end your conservatorship?
You might want to end your conservatorship but may wonder if you meet the requirements to do so. An attorney will want to know more about the imposition of your conservatorship as to why you believe that the court should terminate it before advising you how to proceed in your case.