​Guardianship / Conservatorship FAQ

  • What is a Conservator?

  • Who is an Incapacitated Person?

  • Who can serve as a Conservator?

  • When can a Conservator be appointed?

  • What are the powers and duties of a Conservator?

  • Am I required to have a lawyer?

  • What is the difference between a Guardian and a Conservator?

  • What are the steps followed in appointing a Guardian or Conservator for an adult?

  • Is a bond required?

  • Is an inventory required?

  • Are accountings required?

  • What is a Guardian?

  • What is a Ward?

  • Who can be a Guardian for an adult?

  • Who can be a Guardian for a child?

  • Can a parent appoint a Guardian?

  • Can a spouse appoint a Guardian?

  • What are the powers of a Guardian?

  • When does a Guardianship end?

THIS INFORMATION, WHICH IS BASED ON ALABAMA LAW, IS ONLY TO INFORM AND NOT TO ADVISE. NO PERSON SHOULD EVER APPLY OR INTERPRET ANY LAW WITHOUT THE AID OF A LAWYER WHO ANALYZES THE FACTS, BECAUSE THE FACTS MAY CHANGE THE APPLICATION OF THE LAW.

Prepared by the Alabama Law Institute for the Alabama Probate Judges' Association