these conservatorships are based on the laws in the California Probate Code. They are the most common type conservatorship. Probate conservatorships can be:
General Conservatorships - of adults who cannot take care of themselves or their finances. These conservatees are often elderly people, but can also be younger people who have been seriously impaired, like in a car accident, for example.
Limited Conservatorships - of adults with developmental disabilities who cannot fully care for themselves or their finances. Conservatees in limited conservatorship do not need the higher level of care or help that conservatees in general conservatorship needed.
Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Conservatorship
are used to care for adults with serious mental health illnesses who need special care. These conservatorships are used for people who usually need special care. These conservatorships are used for people who usually need very restrictive living arrangements (like living in locked facilities) and require extensive mental health treatment (like very powerful drugs to control behavior). Conservatees in LPS cannot or will not agree to the special living arrangements or treatment on their own. LPS must be started by a local government agency.