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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)

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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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Under the program, state courts would be able to apply for funding to assess the handling of proceedings relating to guardians and conservators, and then make the necessary improvements to their practices.
It noted that in its formal reply dated April 21 this year, the National Museum management said that its own art conservators did not restore the painting while denying that the restoration work had been suspended.
The Chief Conservator would keep the data himself and he expressed the hope that through GIT system the illegal occupation of forest land could be eradicated.
Museums have access to technical equipment that independent conservators lack, according to Rhona MacBeth, a conservator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Senior archaeological conservator Louise Mumford said: "We want to give the public a window into our world.
8220;We are pleased to support the Conservators Center through our High Five Grant Program,” said Claire Holley, executive director of the NCVMA.
One of the conservators said an investigation was under way and that a meeting had been held on the subject earlier in the day.
The change aims to make sure that the size of the teams of conservators matches the workload due to the different size of the two companies within the banking group of KTB.
The discovery was made by conservators who dug around the old toilet as the surrounding area was prepared for restoration.
The Conservators pressed on with moves to boot out Mr Redmond in the face of a global Facebook campaign to save the cafe and an online petition signed by almost 2,000 supporters.
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.