In the instance of a person becoming incapacitated, a court designates a conservator to make decisions regarding the individual’s estate. Since 1986, Carolyn M. Young has provided fiduciary services for Californians as both a trustee and a conservator and offers some insights into the role of the conservator and his or her relationship with the conservatee.

A conservator is designated by the court when an individual cannot make important decisions regarding his or her own estate or welfare. The role a conservator plays is recommended by a court investigator, who advises a probate judge, along with the client’s attorney, on the best course of action, depending on the circumstances at hand. For example, when a physical or mental handicap leads to an inability to make sound medical decisions, the appointed conservator makes those health-related decisions for that person. When an individual is deemed unable to manage his or her assets, a conservator of the estate takes responsibility for paying the obligations of the estate and managing its assets and benefits, as well as handling the individual’s taxes.
Located in Sacramento, California, Carolyn M. Young Fiduciary Services administers the affairs of clients who are elderly, disabled, vulnerable, or who otherwise elect to engage a trustworthy professional for the creation of a trust or will. Fiduciaries can also be appointed by the courts to act as conservators, guardians, or personal representatives of estates. Owner Carolyn M. Young has been providing fiduciary services to the residents of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Nevada, Yolo, and San Joaquin counties in California for more than two decades.

When fiduciaries act as trustees, their role is one of carrying out the terms of a trust document or will. Their duties can include filing tax returns, protecting assets, or overseeing distributions and investments under the terms of the trust document and a strict state probate code. Fiduciaries can also be designated as representative payees to administer client Social Security benefits, and they can hold "agent under power of attorney" status for purposes of medical, housing placement, and final burial decisions.