A judge's determination of who to appoint as conservator depends on a wide variety of circumstances. Is there an honest family member who is available to serve in this role? Does this family member have the skill-set necessary to make difficult decisions and manage day-to-day issues? Do the other family members have any objection to this person serving as conservator?
If there is no family member has the appropriate skills and background to serve as conservator or if there is any family disharmony, then the judge is likely to appoint an independent third party to act in this role.
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If there is a family member they will usually be appointed. The court should not be looking to appoint a state paid conservator.
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Conservators are appointed by petition to the Court. There are usually forms available at the Clerk's office. Notice is given to family members to the second degree and to the proposed Conservatee. A probate investigator, who is a county employee, will also interview the proposed Conservatee and may also contact family members for input. The Judge will review all of the documentation,may want to speak with the Conservatee, any reports filed by the Investigator (and sometimes Adult Protective Services), any objections that may have been filed by others, and makes the decision from this evidence. You should be aware that if the proposed Conservatee objects, some Judges will schedule a trial. The proposed Conservatee is entitled to a jury trial, although in my experience this doesn't happen much.