Conservatorship is a legal process that gives one person the power to make decisions for another person who is unable to make decisions for their-self. The person who obtains the right to make decisions is the conservator and the person whose rights are taken away is the conservatee or is said to be conserved. This is a legal process in which a judge makes the decision about whether or not the person needs to be conserved.
California law recognizes three types of conservatorship, but only two of them are relevant to this discussion: General Conservatorship and Limited Conservatorship. A third type, a Lanterman PetrisShort (LPS) Conservatorship applies only to a person with serious mental illness. Read more in .