A conservatorship is a court case in which a judge appoints a responsible person to care for another adult, who otherwise cannot care for himself or herself or manage his or her finances. Like probate, a conservatorship is a complex and arduous legal process, in which the court delves in to every aspect of a family’s financial life. Any time the court becomes involved, the result is expensive and time consuming, so steps taken to ward off a conservatorship may save your family untold stress in the long run.