A conservatorship is a court-ordered relationship whereby one adult assumes responsibility for the finances and/or personal care of another adult. In California, conservatorships fall under the same law as probate estates, that is, the estates of deceased individuals. Indeed, the same branch of California’s superior courts hear probate and conservatorship matters.
Once a person under a conservatorship dies, the conservatorship also terminates, and a separate probate estate must be established. This may lead to some confusion, as a recent decision by the California Court of Appeals illustrates. This case is discussed here for informational purposes only and should not be treated as a comprehensive statement of California law on the subject.
Borden v. Dise