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n. a guardian and protector appointed by a judge to protect and manage the financial affairs and/or the person's daily life due to physical or mental limitations or old age. The conservator may be only of the "estate" (meaning financial affairs), but may be also of the "person," when he/she takes charge of overseeing the daily activities, such as health care or living arrangements of the conservatee. The process is that a relative or friend petitions the local superior court for appointment of a specific conservator, with written notice served on the potential conservatee. The object of this concern is interviewed by a court-appointed investigator to determine need, desire and understanding of the potential conservatee as well as the suitability of the proposed conservator. An open hearing is held before the appointment is made. The conservator is required to make regular accountings which must be approved by the court. The conservator may be removed by order of the court if no longer needed, upon the petition of the conservatee or relatives, or for failure to perform his/her duties. (See: conservatee, guardian)

See: guardian

CONSERVATOR. A preserver, a protector.
     2. Before the institution of the office of justices of the peace in England, the public order was maintained by officers who bore the name of conservators of the peace. All judges, justices, sheriffs and constables, are conservators of the peace, and are bound, ex officio, to be aiding and assisting in preserving older.
     3. In Connecticut, this term is applied to designate a guardian who has the care of the estate of an idiot. 5 Conn. R. 280.

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In the court papers Lutfi says he wants his one-time client to testify in the court case but her conservators are claiming that she is "mentally incapable" of doing so.
The Lunder Conservation Center, part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for example, allows visitors to view conservators at work in fully functioning labs through soundproof, floor-to-ceiling glass walls.
The free symposium, entitled "Preserve or Let Perish: Some Challenges in the Conservation of Contemporary Art," is targeted to conservators, museum and public art professionals, collectors and others interested in conservation issues.
But Assemblyman Dave Jones -- the Sacramento Democrat who spearheaded the reforms after hearing that some conservators were seizing the life savings of those they were caring for -- said the laws are so important that the courts should find a way to make them work, even if it means cutting elsewhere.
Spurred by rumors that Rohm and Haas had decided to stop manufacturing Paraloid B-72, a key member of this family of resins, conservators across the globe contacted the company to express their deep concern.
Grey-faced James successfully pleaded with a court to be named conservator a day after the pop superstar was taken to UCLA Medical Centre's psychiatric hospital.