When an adult is unable to take care of him or herself, the court can appoint another person or organization to care for them. The conservatee, the person who cannot manage his or her health or finances, is then taken care of by the conservator. Depending on the needs of the conservatee, there are different types of conservatorships that a California court can create.
California Probate Code creates the most common types of conservatorships-general and limited probate conservatorships. A general conservatorship is for adults who cannot take care of themselves or their finances. While most of the conservatees in this category are elderly people, they can also be young people who have been seriously impaired.