The Guardianship attorneys at Nay & Friedenberg explain the differences.
Be aware that the terms are used differently in different states.
• A guardian is someone appointed by the court to make healthcare decisions for another person.
• A conservator is someone appointed by the court to make financial decisions for another person.
In Washington state:
• A guardian of the person makes healthcare decisions
• A guardian of the estate makes financial decisions
• A conservator of the person makes medical decisions
• A conservator of the estate makes financial decisions
Using the Oregon terms:
• For a guardianship, we have to prove to the court that a person is unable to care for his or her physical health.
• For a conservatorship, we have to establish that a person is financially incapable.
These are two separate things. A person may be able to make decisions about his or her health, but not about money—and vice-versa.
If you have a family member that needs a guardianship or conservatorship – contact the Guardianship attorneys Law Offices of Nay & Friedenberg in Portland, Oregon at (503) 245-0894 to make an appointment.