When you are unable to make financial or health care decisions for yourself, a court may find it necessary to appoint a conservator to handle your affairs. While this is a necessary step at times, there are ways to plan and avoid a conservatorship with the right legal documents, preventing unnecessarily broad authority over your life decisions.
One of the best methods is to draft a power of attorney for specific areas, such as finances or health care. This allows you to select the agent yourself and define the responsibilities, rather than have a court make those choices. Most people prefer to limit the amount of discretion another person has over important matters, and tools such as a power of attorney, living trusts and advance directives for health care allow you to plan for any future contingencies.