In some instances, legal adults lose or never achieve the ability to care for themselves sufficiently. That leads those who love them to consider an adult guardianship, which is called a conservatorship in California. This form of protection for a person with limited abilities for self care comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, all of which deserve careful consideration before pursuing conservatorship for an individual in need.
The primary advantages of conservatorship are the peace of mind it can bring to those who love the individual in need and the legal framework it provides for making sometimes difficult or controversial decisions for the individual receiving care. Family members can take comfort in knowing that their loved one has astute guidance in personal and legal matters, especially when it comes to dealing with third parties and complex financial decisions.