A “conservator of the person” is someone appointed by the Probate Court when the Court finds that a person is incapable of caring for himself/herself including the inability to make decisions about his or her medical care. The conservator of the person has responsibility for the general custody and care of the incapable individual and has the power to give consent for the medical care, treatment and services provided to the incapable person. You can name in advance the person you want the Court to appoint as your conservator if you become incapable of making your own decisions. If you have a conservator, he or she will be consulted in all medical care decisions. If you have a living will, however, the conservator’s consent is not required to carry out your wishes as expressed in the living will.
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