Q: I am Conservator for my adult son. Can I be held liable for any of my son's unpaid bills?
A: A conservator is a person appointed by the Probate Court to oversee or handle the financial or personal affairs of an adult. Connecticut recognizes two types of conservators. A Conservator of the Person supervises or manages the conserved person’s personal affairs and ensures that the person's basic needs are met. A Conservator of the Estate supervises or manages the financial affairs of the conserved person, including caring for property, managing bank accounts and ensuring the safe handling of the person's income. The Connecticut Standards of Practice for Conservators outlines the duties of a conservator, as well as the ethical principles and considerations that a conservator must abide by when fulfilling his duties. While a conservator has an obligation to competently supervise the financial affairs of the conserved person, including managing any expenses or debts the conserved person may have and/or not incurring unnecessary debts in the conserved person’s name, a conservator generally is not personally responsible for a conserved person’s debt unless he has co-signed or otherwise jointly incurred the debt
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