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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.

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