A guardian is a person appointed by the court to make medical and other non-monetary decisions for someone who cannot make these types of decisions because of an injury, illness, or disability.
A conservator is a person appointed by the court to take care of someone's finances when he or she cannot make these types of decisions because of an illness, injury, or disability.
If a loved one is unable to make medical or financial decisions, and he or she does not have a living trust that includes incapacity planning, you can petition the court to become a guardian or conservator. This will allow you to make crucial decisions on their behalf. Andy is an experienced guardianship and conservatorship attorney in Gilbert, AZ, and he's here to answer your questions about filing for guardianship or conservatorship.