A conservator is a person who is appointed by a court to manage the estate of a protected person who is legally incompetent to manage his or her own financial affairs.
A conservator may be appointed only if the respondent is unable to manage her or his property and affairs effectively because of, but not limited to:
chronic use of drugs
detention by a foreign power
A conservator is sometimes called a “guardian of the property”. This differs from a “guardian of the person,” or “guardian” under Utah law. The conservator makes financial decisions, and the guardian makes personal decisions for an incapacitated person.
Because the duties are different, courts commonly appoint someone as both “guardian and conservator” of an incompetent person.
A conservator for a senior must be appointed by an order of the probate division of a Utah District Court. (Utah Probate Code, section 75-5-401)