As defined by the courts, a guardian is someone appointed to make decisions about health care, living arrangements and other personal issues for a protected person.
A conservator is appointed to make financial decisions such as entering into contracts, paying bills and investing assets for a protected person.
How much power do they have over an individual’s life?
Their powers are broad, but not absolute. According to the Minnesota attorney general’s office, they may use their authority only as necessary to provide care and services for the protected person. The court should ensure that decisions are not overly restrictive of the protected person’s rights.
The Legislature recently passed a Bill of Rights for Wards and Protected Persons (statute 524.5-120). Find it here:
Find more information about guardians and conservators at:
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune