How does a Power of Attorney differ from a Conservatorship?

A Power of Attorney (POA) is power granted to an attorney-in-fact (another individual) to conduct any business that a person could do himself, such as banking, real estate, taxes, business transactions, or any other issue. Powers of attorney are generally time-limited. The client must be capacitated and there is no court oversight. A power of attorney may be withdrawn at any time by the person who has granted the authority. The court is not involved. A Conservatorship occurs when the client can not make decisions for himself/herself due to legal incapacity and the court has reviewed the person's situation. A conservatorship generally supersedes a POA. A person may agree to a conservatorship or it may be order over a person's objection after the judicial process is completed. For further information, contact us at 707-253-4049.

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1. What is the Public Guardian / Public Conservator / Public Administrator Office responsible for?
2. What is the difference between a Public Administrator, a Public Conservator and a Public Guardian?
3. What services does the Public Administrator provide?
4. What services does the Public Conservator provide?
5. What services does the Public Guardian provide?
6. How does a Power of Attorney differ from a Conservatorship?
7. What are the different types of conservatorship?
8. Who can be a Petitioner?
9. Who is eligible for services through the Public Guardian?
10. How do I make a referral or get help for someone in need of Conservatorship services?
11. Are there fees involved?