What is a conservator?

Nellie (Guest) on Friday, November 02 2012, 01:55 PM
and what are their responsiblities?
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    Replied by Attorney John Dugan on Friday, November 02 2012, 01:56 PM · Hide · #1
    A conservator is appointed by the court to manage a protected person’s property. A protected person is someone who is clinically diagnosed to be unable to manage property, and whose property may be wasted unless a conservator is appointed.

    The Massachusetts Probate and Family Court has jurisdiction over conservatorship proceedings, under Part 4 of Mass. General Laws, Chapter 190B, the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code.

    A petition for conservatorship must be filed with a medical certificate, signed by a qualified medical expert, indicating that the individual’s capacity is so impaired that a conservator is needed to avoid waste, dissipation or financial exploitation.
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