Guardianship & Conservatorship

What is Guardianship & Conservatorship?

A guardian is a person appointed by the court who is responsible for the personal affairs of an incapacitated person.  A guardian is responsible for making decisions regarding the incapacitated person's support, care, health, safety, ability to dress themselves, education, therapeutic treatment, and if not in keeping with an order of commitment, the place where they live.

A conservator is a person appointed by the court who is responsible for managing the estate and financial affairs of an incapacitated person.  Either a conservator or guardian may be full, limited, or for a short-term period of time, depending upon the court's order.

Which court hears these cases?

The Circuit Court.

Where can I get more information about Guardianship & Conservatorship?

The Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia has published the following documents:

Where can I find forms about Guardianship & Conservatorship?

Visit the Guardianship & Conservatorship Forms page for more information.

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