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The Conflict Program appoints attorneys to assist people in conservatorship cases.

The Conflict Program’s appointed attorneys provide indigent defense to people involved in conservatorship cases in Contra Costa county. The Conflict Program attorneys understand the intricacies of conservatorship matters and are committed to safeguarding the rights and best interests of their clients.

What is a conservatorship?

A conservatorship in the state of California is a legal arrangement where a court appoints a responsible person or entity (the conservator) to manage the personal care and/or finances of another individual (the conservatee) who is unable to do so themselves due to age, physical or mental limitations, or other factors. The purpose of a conservatorship is to provide protection and support for individuals who are unable to make decisions or manage their affairs independently.

A conservatorship is established through a legal process that involves filing a petition with the court, providing evidence of the conservatee’s incapacity, and demonstrating the need for a conservator. The court carefully evaluates the circumstances and appoints a conservator if it is determined to be in the best interest of the conservatee. The court oversees the conservatorship to ensure that the conservatee’s rights are upheld and that the conservator fulfills their duties responsibly.

There are two main types of conservatorships:

The court strives to balance the autonomy and rights of the conservatee while providing necessary protection and assistance.

This type of conservatorship grants the conservator authority over the personal care and well-being of the conservatee. The conservator is responsible for making decisions regarding the conservatee’s daily living arrangements, medical treatment, and other personal matters.

This type of conservatorship gives the conservator authority over the conservatee’s financial affairs. The conservator manages the conservatee’s assets, income, expenses, and financial transactions, ensuring that their financial interests are protected.

Conservatorship Proceedings:

The Conflict Program appoints attorneys to represent indigent people charged with a crime in Contra Costa county.

The Conflict Program’s appointed attorneys have provided indigent defense representation to people charged with a crime in Contra Costa since 1984. Conflict Program attorneys represent indigent individuals in various cases. Referrals to the program come from the Contra Costa Public Defender's Office, the Alternate Defender Office, or directly from the court.
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