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Zsa Zsa Gabor's Husband Becomes Her Conservator

Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband has been granted conservatorship over her affairs, reports Reuters.

The ninety-five year old actress has been in declining health for years now and the decision to grant temporary conservatorship to her husband, Prinz Frederic von Anhalt, came on Wednesday.

Gabor has been reported as being “bed-bound” and unable to think clearly.

The battle for conservatorship wasn’t one-sided, though. Gabor’s daughter, Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton, filed a petition in California court to serve as conservator of her mother’s affairs.

A conservatorship typically arises when one is too impaired to handle their affairs. The person seeking to be conservator must file a petition in Surrogate’s Court. The court will then determine if the petitioner can serve over the affairs of the conservatee (i.e. the person whose affairs will be managed).

There are two types of conservatorships: A conservator of the estate or a conservator of the person. A conservator of the estate is designated to watch over the financial affairs of a person. A conservator of the person is designated to take care of the physical needs of a person.

The process of conservatorship is different from a power of attorney. A power of attorney is a document that allows you to indicate who can handle your affairs if you are unable to handle them.

A conservatorship, on the other hand, is a court proceeding whereby the court (Surrogate’s Court in New York) determines if you need someone to handle your affairs and if so, who that person should be.

The filing process for Conservatorships can be handled by many estate planning attorneys.

In the case of Zsa Zsa Gabor, her daughter and her husband came to an agreement outside of court and the court merely enforced it. Not all conservatorship proceedings end that easily, though.

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