Conservatorship or Protective Order - Grand Traverse County Probate Court
Conservatorship for Adults
A conservatorship may be necessary when an individual is unable to manage his/her property and affairs effectively due to:
- Chronic intoxication
- Chronic use of drugs
- Detention by a foreign power
- Mental deficiency
- Mental illness
- Physical illness or disability
The individual to be protected may also petition for a conservator if they are mentally competent but unable to manage his or her property and affairs efffectively due to age or physical infirmity.
A Protective Order is designed to be used when protection is needed in a particular transaction or situation, involving a single court appearance, and is sought when a conservatorship is not necessary.
Please refer to form PC667, What You Need to Know Before Filing a Petition to Appoint a Conservator (PDF) for more information.
When completing the Petition for Appointment of Conservator and/or Protective Order please refer to our instructions Conservator of an Adult Instructions page. For more information, please view the following documents:
- Account of Fiduciary Example (PDF)
- Income and Expense Log (PDF) - example of how to track income and expenses
- Conservatorship / Guardianship Video - available for checkout at our court office
- Conservator Guidelines for Record Keeping (PDF)
A conservatorship may be necessary for a minor when the minor:
- Has or may have business affairs that may be jeopardized or prevented by minority
- Needs money for support and education and that protection is necessary or desirable to obtain or provide money
- Owns money or property that requires management or protection that cannot otherwise be provided