(a) A conservator of the person may be appointed for a person who is unable to provide properly for his or her personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter, except
as provided for the person as described in subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 1828.5.
(b) A conservator of the estate may be appointed for a person who is substantially
unable to manage his or her own financial resources or resist fraud or undue influence,
except as provided for that person as described in subdivision (b) or (c) of Section 1828.5. Substantial inability may not be proved solely by isolated incidents of negligence
(c) A conservator of the person and estate may be appointed for a person described
in subdivisions (a) and (b).
(d) A limited conservator of the person or of the estate, or both, may be appointed
for a developmentally disabled adult. A limited conservatorship may be utilized only as necessary to promote and protect
the well-being of the individual, shall be designed to encourage the development of
maximum self-reliance and independence of the individual, and shall be ordered only
to the extent necessitated by the individual's proven mental and adaptive limitations. The conservatee of the limited conservator shall not be presumed to be incompetent
and shall retain all legal and civil rights except those which by court order have
been designated as legal disabilities and have been specifically granted to the limited
conservator. The intent of the Legislature, as expressed in Section 4501 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, that developmentally disabled citizens of this state receive services resulting
in more independent, productive, and normal lives is the underlying mandate of this
division in its application to adults alleged to be developmentally disabled.
(e) The standard of proof for the appointment of a conservator pursuant to this section
shall be clear and convincing evidence.
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