Guardianship/Conservatorship Law

Guardianship in California law is generally defined as a non-parent obtaining legal care and control of a minor whom is not their biological or legal child. Conservatorships are either a conservator of the person, a conservator of the estate, or both. Conservatorships of the person are generally defined as having the power of decision making over another adult who is incapable of making their own decisions, based on the ward’s best interest. Conservatorship of the estate allows a conservator to take care of the ward’s financial well being.


Having a permanent guardianship terminated is not simple.  It requires the person seeking termination to prove the guardianship is no longer necessary PLUS that it is in the best interests of the child to terminate the guardianship.  This is a difficult task and requires significant evidence to prove the child is better off without the guardianship in place.


Laura M. Dunst, Esq. has represented clients in both establishment of guardianships and termination of guardianships. It is essential that you hire an attorney with experience in proving what is in the ‘best interest of the child.’

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