CONSERVATORSHIPS Experienced Attorneys

We are experienced attorneys who understand the legal requirements of these legal actions.  We provide experienced and effective guidance, advice, and representation to the family throughout the conservatorship process. 

Conservatorship Attorneys in Santa Cruz

What Is a Probate Conservatorship?




A probate conservatorship is a court process for picking someone to be legally responsible for another adult.  A “conservator” is the person chosen by the court to be legally responsible and a “conservatee” is the adult who cannot take care of themself.  Most often, a conservatorship is essential for an elderly adult who has dementia or is unable to protect against fraud or external control.  A court may choose a “conservator of the person” to, for example, make medical decisions and control where the conservatee lives.  

A court may also appoint a “conservator of the estate” to handle a person’s assets.  If a person needs dementia medication or to live at an assisted-living facility, that is additional control that must be requested.  A probate conservatorship generally cannot be established, however, based solely on mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, depression, or alcoholism.  Our experienced probate conservatorship attorneys can help decide the best type of plan for the adult in your life who needs protection. 

Contact Our California Conservatorship Firm Today

Our attorney, Amy R. Henderson, has extensive experience with conservatorships, having spent 10 years as a judicial research attorney for the Santa Cruz County Superior Court.  Amy reviewed the paperwork filed in all conservatorship matters, researched the issues and law, made recommendations to the judges about how the judges should rule, and attended all conservatorship hearings.

What Is a “Limited” Conservatorship?

A person may need a conservatorship when he or she has a developmental disability.  

Unless the court clearly gives all rights to the conservator(s), this type of conservatorship is a “limited” conservatorship because the conservatee keeps rights concerning:

  • medical decisions
  • where they live
  • education
  • social and sexual contact
  • the right to marry 

Contact the Law Office of Emily J. Buchbinder at (831) 400-3496 or fill out our contact form to speak to our experienced attorneys.

What Sets us apart?

The Law Office of Emily J. Buchbinder Difference
  • Customized Legal Strategies
    Just like no two individuals are the same, our team believes that no two cases are the same. We work with you to ensure your legal strategy is crafted to address your unique circumstances.
  • Attentive & Skilled Representation
    We understand that this is a difficult topic to think of, so our team of dedicated legal advocates compassionately works with you and your family in order to ensure you are in control of your future.
  • Certified Legal Specialist
    Emily Buchbinder, our founding attorney, is a certified legal specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law. We have the tools, knowledge, and resources to help with your legal needs.

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