In California, holding legal responsibility over another person can seem like a heavy weight to bear. At the Law Offices of Roshni T. Desai, we're here to help you figure out the things you need before you embark on this journey with the person you're overseeing. First, we will look at the differences between guardianships and conservatorships.
A guardianship or conservatorship involves helping to care for someone who is not able to care for themselves. In the case of conservatorships, this can apply to people with disabilities of all sorts, either physical or mental handicaps alike. Regardless of what your loved one is dealing with, they are simply not able to provide for themselves in the way most people might.
Guardianships simply imply a legal relationship with anyone under the age of 18. These people simply need an older figure to help them manage things like funds or finances. Some teenagers may be disabled and therefore need more help than others. As they grow, the guardianship may become a conservatorship. However, plenty of teenagers simply come of legal age and are then able to take their financial matters into their own hands.
Whether your situation involves a conservatorship or a guardianship, being responsible for someone else's well-being can be overwhelming. This is why many people like you will benefit from the aid and advice of a professional legal expert. You can start by taking a look at our webpage on guardianships, linked above, for more information that can be used to help you navigate the situation.