A Conservator is a person who is given Probate Court authority to be responsible for the assets (called an estate) of an individual (called a protected person).

A conservator is appointed, or a protective order entered, if a court determines that (1) the individual owns money or property that requires management or protection, (2) has or may have business affairs that may be jeopardized or prevented by minority, or (3) needs money for support and education and that protection is necessary or desirable to obtain or provide money.