Court-ordered guardianships can be issued for individuals under the age of 18 who require the guidance of a responsible adult. A guardianship may be granted to a concerned friend or family member if there is evidence of verbal, physical, or emotional abuse by one or both parents in the home, or if the parents are physically or financially unable to care for the child. Once appointed, guardians have control over decisions involving medical care, education, social situations, contractual agreements, and other factors.
Court-ordered conservatorships are designed for the care and protection of adults over the age of 18 who require specialized supervision. A limited or full conservatorship is often ordered for an adult with developmental disabilities that affect their ability to make sound medical, financial, or social decisions. The conservator is entrusted with protecting the impaired adult’s assets and best interests from exploitation by outside parties. Once appointed, conservators have control over decisions involving medical care, education, social situations, contractual agreements, and other factors.