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A Guardian is a person who is given Probate Court authority to be responsible for the personal and physical well-being of an adult who is called a Legally Incapacitated Individual (LII). The Guardian has the same powers and duties over that LII as parents have over their children. A prospective Guardian may be nominated by petition (filed with the Probate Court) or may be named in a will. A Conservator is a person who is given Probate Court authority to be responsible for the assets (called an "estate") of an adult, who is called a Protected Individual (PI). A Conservator may be nominated by a petition filed with the Probate Court.
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When the individual is unable to manage his or her property or business affairs effectively because of either:
(note) If the individual joins in the request for a conservator's appointment and, proper management is required because of either of the following:
A hearing date will be set in approximately 3 to 4 weeks
(note) Exception: If the individual has chosen counsel or the alleged PI is mentally competent but aged or physically infirm.