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When does a conservatorship end?

The court may appoint you as a conservator to another person. This involves providing for the individual’s daily protection and care and/or managing his or her estate, i.e., money and property.

A conservatorship is sometimes temporary but usually a permanent appointment. However, there are situations in which even a permanent conservatorship can end. According to California Courts, this can occur by court decree. You, the conservatee or his or her family have the right to request such a decree from the court. The following are situations in which a conservatorship can end.

  1. The conservatee recovers

The individual may require a conservatorship while recovering from a physical or mental disability that is temporary in nature. This may occur due to a trauma such as a car accident. Once the conservatee recovers the ability to manage his or her own affairs, the conservatorship is no longer necessary.

  1. You are no longer able to serve as conservator

If you have some reason that you can no longer serve as a conservator, you can petition the court to accept your resignation and appoint a new conservator. However, your responsibilities to the conservatee continue until the court accepts your resignation.

Conversely, if the court feels that you are not fulfilling your responsibilities as a conservator, it may remove you. The conservatee and/or family members thereof can also request that the court remove you as a conservator.

  1. The conservatee dies

Upon the death of the conservatee, you have to take certain actions to finish the case. However, the court can release you from your duties upon the completion of these actions.

  1. The conservatee has no more assets

If you are a conservator of the estate and all of the conservatee’s assets have gone to his or her care, the court may remove you as a conservator if there is no longer a need for your services. However, conservatorship of the person may continue under these circumstances.