What is the Difference Between a Conservator and Guardian?
In Colorado, a person may petition a court to appoint a Conservator and/or Guardian for a person who cannot manage their own finances or health. The person who needs help is called a Protected Party or Ward. This might be, for instance, a young child with no parents, a disabled adult, or an elderly person suffering from neurocognitive deficits.
A Conservator is someone appointed to help manage the Protected Party’s finances, while a Guardian is someone appointed to ensure the Protected Party’s health and wellbeing are being managed appropriately.
Conservators can be appointed on an emergency basis (called a Special Conservatorship), to handle one or a limited number of transactions, or on a regular/ongoing basis.
Guardians can be apppointed on an emergency basis (called an Emergency Guardianship), to handle a single issue or limited number of issues, or on a regular/ongoing basis.
Conservators and Guardians may also have limitations, such as only being allowed to manage a certain bank account or to decide housing for the Protected Party, per the court’s discretion.
If you or a loved one are in need of a Conservator or Guardian, we would love to help guide you through that process. Please feel free to contact us. You may also find it helpful to review the court’s self-help manuals and resources found here: https://www.courts.state.co.us/Forms/SubCategory.cfm?Category=Guardian