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 (kən-sûr′və-tər, kŏn′sər-vā′tər)
1. A person in charge of maintaining or restoring valuable items, as in a museum or library.
2. A protector or guardian: "a conservator of cherished values and regular order in governing institutions" (William Greider).
3. Law One placed in charge of the property or personal affairs of an incompetent person.

con·ser′va·to′ri·al (-tôr′ē-əl) adj.
con·ser′va·tor·ship′ n.


(Law) law US the legal status of a person appointed by a court to protect the interests of someone, such as a child, who is unable to manage his or her own affairs
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Because Britney is under conservatorship in probate court, there has to be a hearing about the property, and anyone is free to attend and outbid the current offer.
This edition has added practice tips, comments, and forms, analysis of new cases interpreting Oregon's guardianship and conservatorship statutes, and discussions of amendments and additions to those statutes, including the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceeding Jurisdiction Act.
On September 6, 2008, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) placed the enterprises into conservatorship out of concern that their deteriorating financial condition ($5.
Britney, 27, has been under her father's conservatorship since she was famously pictured restrained by the ankle in an ambulance and hospitalised last year.
7, 2008, the government placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship.
Catherine Falk said her Oscar-nominated father "requires full-time custodial care for his health and safety" as she started the legal process of asking for a conservatorship - a type of legal guardianship - at the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The troubles intensified as the New York Times reported the administration of President George W Bush was weighing placing one or both companies in a conservatorship to protect them from the snowballing US housing market crisis.
Commissioner Reva Goetz told a packed LA courtroom: "It's in the best interests of the conservatee to have conservatorship over her person.
The downside is that guardianship and conservatorship require a court process, which can be expensive, time consuming, and emotionally difficult for the person with special needs as well as the family.
The bill also requires probate courts to review conservatorships, including the financial records related to the conservatorship, within six months after appointment of the conservator and annually thereafter.
Most of the new auditing guidance relates to examples of legal opinions that auditors will need to obtain and review with regard to transfers of financial assets by banks subject to receivership or conservatorship under provisions of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.