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Conservatorships

Can I get a conservatorship for someone else?

Yes, you can get a conservatorship for another person, but conservatorships can be complicated, and you should talk to an attorney. There are some court forms available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at: https://www.iowacourts.gov/for-the-public/court-forms/. Unrepresented persons must use these forms for all conservatorships. Iowa Court Rule 7.12.

What is the difference between a guardianship and a conservatorship?

A “guardianship” is a legal action in which the court appoints a “guardian” who has the legal authority and duty to care for a “protected person” who is a minor or because of the person’s mental or physical limitations.

A “conservatorship” is a legal action in which the court appoints a “conservator” to manage the financial affairs or daily life of a “protected person” who is a minor or is someone incapable of managing the person’s affairs.

How do I become appointed as a conservator?

You can be appointed a conservator by filing an application with the court. You will also have to complete a personal background check authorization form, which is on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at: https://www.iowacourts.gov/for-the-public/court-forms/.

Are there fees involved with conservatorships?

There are fees associated with court orders in conservatorships and perhaps other fees. You should contact the clerk of court in the county where the conservatorship is on file for information on fees that are set by the legislature.

Do conservators have to file reports?

Yes, conservators must file an initial care plan, and annual reports, and a final report unless the court otherwise orders. The requirements are found at sections 633.669 and 663.670 of the Iowa Code. The initial care plan, annual report, and final report forms are available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at:
https://www.iowacourts.gov/for-the-public/court-forms/.

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