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SECTION 1820-1835



1820.  (a) A petition for the appointment of a conservator may be
filed by any of the following:
   (1) The proposed conservatee.
   (2) The spouse or domestic partner of the proposed conservatee.
   (3) A relative of the proposed conservatee.
   (4) Any interested state or local entity or agency of this state
or any interested public officer or employee of this state or of a
local public entity of this state.
   (5) Any other interested person or friend of the proposed
conservatee.
   (b) If the proposed conservatee is a minor, the petition may be
filed during his or her minority so that the appointment of a
conservator may be made effective immediately upon the minor's
attaining the age of majority. An existing guardian of the minor may
be appointed as conservator under this part upon the minor's
attaining the age of majority, whether or not the guardian's accounts
have been settled.
   (c) A creditor of the proposed conservatee may not file a petition
for appointment of a conservator unless the creditor is a person
described in paragraph (2), (3), or (4) of subdivision (a).



1821.  (a) The petition shall request that a conservator be
appointed for the person or estate, or both, shall specify the name,
address, and telephone number of the proposed conservator and the
name, address, and telephone number of the proposed conservatee, and
state the reasons why a conservatorship is necessary. Unless the
petitioner is a bank or other entity authorized to conduct the
business of a trust company, the petitioner shall also file
supplemental information as to why the appointment of a conservator
is required. The supplemental information to be submitted shall
include a brief statement of facts addressed to each of the following
categories:
   (1) The inability of the proposed conservatee to properly provide
for his or her needs for physical health, food, clothing, and
shelter.
   (2) The location of the proposed conservatee's residence and the
ability of the proposed conservatee to live in the residence while
under conservatorship.
   (3) Alternatives to conservatorship considered by the petitioner
and reasons why those alternatives are not available.
   (4) Health or social services provided to the proposed conservatee
during the year preceding the filing of the petition, when the
petitioner has information as to those services.
   (5) The inability of the proposed conservatee to substantially
manage his or her own financial resources, or to resist fraud or
undue influence.
   The facts required to address the categories set forth in
paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, shall be set forth by the
petitioner when he or she has knowledge of the facts or by the
declarations or affidavits of other persons having knowledge of those
facts.
   Where any of the categories set forth in paragraphs (1) to (5),
inclusive, are not applicable to the proposed conservatorship, the
petitioner shall so indicate and state on the supplemental
information form the reasons therefor.
   The Judicial Council shall develop a supplemental information form
for the information required pursuant to paragraphs (1) to (5),
inclusive, after consultation with individuals or organizations
approved by the Judicial Council, who represent public conservators,
court investigators, the State Bar, specialists with experience in
performing assessments and coordinating community-based services, and
legal services for the elderly and disabled.
   The supplemental information form shall be separate and distinct
from the form for the petition. The supplemental information shall be
confidential and shall be made available only to parties, persons
given notice of the petition who have requested this supplemental
information or who have appeared in the proceedings, their attorneys,
and the court. The court shall have discretion at any other time to
release the supplemental information to other persons if it would
serve the interests of the conservatee. The clerk of the court shall
make provision for limiting disclosure of the supplemental
information exclusively to persons entitled thereto under this
section.
   (b) The petition shall set forth, so far as they are known to the
petitioner, the names and addresses of the spouse or domestic
partner, and of the relatives of the proposed conservatee within the
second degree. If no spouse or domestic partner of the proposed
conservatee or relatives of the proposed conservatee within the
second degree are known to the petitioner, the petition shall set
forth, so far as they are known to the petitioner, the names and
addresses of the following persons who, for the purposes of Section
1822, shall all be deemed to be relatives:
   (1) A spouse or domestic partner of a predeceased parent of a
proposed conservatee.
   (2) The children of a predeceased spouse or domestic partner of a
proposed conservatee.
   (3) The siblings of the proposed conservatee's parents, if any,
but if none, then the natural and adoptive children of the proposed
conservatee's parents' siblings.
   (4) The natural and adoptive children of the proposed conservatee'
s siblings.
   (c) Unless the petition for appointment of a temporary guardian or
a temporary conservator is filed together with a petition for
appointment of a guardian or a conservator, if the petitioner is
licensed under the Professional Fiduciaries Act, Chapter 6
(commencing with Section 6500) of Division 3 of the Business and
Professions Code, the petition shall include both of the following:
   (1) A statement of the petitioner's license information.
   (2) A statement explaining who engaged the petitioner or how the
petitioner was engaged to file the petition for appointment of a
conservator and what prior relationship the petitioner had with the
proposed conservatee or the proposed conservatee's family or friends.
   (d) If the petition is filed by a person other than the proposed
conservatee, the petition shall include a declaration of due
diligence showing both of the following:
   (1) Either the efforts to find the proposed conservatee's
relatives or why it was not feasible to contact any of them.
   (2) Either the preferences of the proposed conservatee concerning
the appointment of a conservator and the appointment of the proposed
conservator or why it was not feasible to ascertain those
preferences.
   (e) If the petition is filed by a person other than the proposed
conservatee, the petition shall state whether or not the petitioner
is a creditor or debtor, or the agent of a creditor or debtor, of the
proposed conservatee.
   (f) If the proposed conservatee is a patient in or on leave of
absence from a state institution under the jurisdiction of the State
Department of Mental Health or the State Department of Developmental
Services and that fact is known to the petitioner, the petition shall
state that fact and name the institution.
   (g) The petition shall state, so far as is known to the
petitioner, whether or not the proposed conservatee is receiving or
is entitled to receive benefits from the Veterans Administration and
the estimated amount of the monthly benefit payable by the Veterans
Administration for the proposed conservatee.
   (h) The petition may include an application for any order or
orders authorized under this division, including, but not limited to,
orders under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 1870).
   (i) The petition may include a further statement that the proposed
conservatee is not willing to attend the hearing on the petition,
does not wish to contest the establishment of the conservatorship,
and does not object to the proposed conservator or prefer that
another person act as conservator.
   (j) In the case of an allegedly developmentally disabled adult,
the petition shall set forth the following:
   (1) The nature and degree of the alleged disability, the specific
duties and powers requested by or for the limited conservator, and
the limitations of civil and legal rights requested to be included in
the court's order of appointment.
   (2) Whether or not the proposed limited conservatee is or is
alleged to be developmentally disabled.
   Reports submitted pursuant to Section 416.8 of the Health and
Safety Code meet the requirements of this section, and
conservatorships filed pursuant to Article 7.5 (commencing with
Section 416) of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Health and Safety Code
are exempt from providing the supplemental information required by
this section, so long as the guidelines adopted by the State
Department of Developmental Services for regional centers require the
same information that is required pursuant to this section.



1822.  (a) At least 15 days before the hearing on the petition for
appointment of a conservator, notice of the time and place of the
hearing shall be given as provided in this section. The notice shall
be accompanied by a copy of the petition. The court may not shorten
the time for giving the notice of hearing under this section.
   (b) Notice shall be mailed to the following persons:
   (1) The spouse, if any, or registered domestic partner, if any, of
the proposed conservatee at the address stated in the petition.
   (2) The relatives named in the petition at their addresses stated
in the petition.
   (c) If notice is required by Section 1461 to be given to the
Director of Mental Health or the Director of Developmental Services,
notice shall be mailed as so required.
   (d) If the petition states that the proposed conservatee is
receiving or is entitled to receive benefits from the Veterans
Administration, notice shall be mailed to the Office of the Veterans
Administration referred to in Section 1461.5.
   (e) If the proposed conservatee is a person with developmental
disabilities, at least 30 days before the day of the hearing on the
petition, the petitioner shall mail a notice of the hearing and a
copy of the petition to the regional center identified in Section
1827.5.
   (f)  If the petition states that the petitioner and the proposed
conservator have no prior relationship with the proposed conservatee
and are not nominated by a family member, friend, or other person
with a relationship to the proposed conservatee, notice shall be
mailed to the public guardian of the county in which the petition is
filed.


1823.  (a) If the petition is filed by a person other than the
proposed conservatee, the clerk shall issue a citation directed to
the proposed conservatee setting forth the time and place of hearing.
   (b) The citation shall include a statement of the legal standards
by which the need for a conservatorship is adjudged as stated in
Section 1801 and shall state the substance of all of the following:
   (1) The proposed conservatee may be adjudged unable to provide for
personal needs or to manage financial resources and, by reason
thereof, a conservator may be appointed for the person or estate or
both.
   (2) Such adjudication may affect or transfer to the conservator
the proposed conservatee's right to contract, in whole or in part, to
manage and control property, to give informed consent for medical
treatment, and to fix a residence.
   (3) The proposed conservatee may be disqualified from voting if
not capable of completing an affidavit of voter registration.
   (4) The court or a court investigator will explain the nature,
purpose, and effect of the proceeding to the proposed conservatee and
will answer questions concerning the explanation.
   (5) The proposed conservatee has the right to appear at the
hearing and to oppose the petition, and in the case of an alleged
developmentally disabled adult, to oppose the petition in part, by
objecting to any or all of the requested duties or powers of the
limited conservator.
   (6) The proposed conservatee has the right to choose and be
represented by legal counsel and has the right to have legal counsel
appointed by the court if unable to retain legal counsel.
   (7) The proposed conservatee has the right to a jury trial if
desired.



1824.  The citation and a copy of the petition shall be served on
the proposed conservatee at least 15 days before the hearing. Service
shall be made in the manner provided in Section 415.10 or 415.30 of
the Code of Civil Procedure or in such manner as may be authorized by
the court. If the proposed conservatee is outside this state,
service may also be made in the manner provided in Section 415.40 of
the Code of Civil Procedure.



1825.  (a) The proposed conservatee shall be produced at the hearing
except in the following cases:
   (1) Where the proposed conservatee is out of the state when served
and is not the petitioner.
   (2) Where the proposed conservatee is unable to attend the hearing
by reason of medical inability.
   (3) Where the court investigator has reported to the court that
the proposed conservatee has expressly communicated that the proposed
conservatee (i) is not willing to attend the hearing, (ii) does not
wish to contest the establishment of the conservatorship, and (iii)
does not object to the proposed conservator or prefer that another
person act as conservator, and the court makes an order that the
proposed conservatee need not attend the hearing.
   (b) If the proposed conservatee is unable to attend the hearing
because of medical inability, such inability shall be established (1)
by the affidavit or certificate of a licensed medical practitioner
or (2) if the proposed conservatee is an adherent of a religion whose
tenets and practices call for reliance on prayer alone for healing
and is under treatment by an accredited practitioner of that
religion, by the affidavit of the practitioner. The affidavit or
certificate is evidence only of the proposed conservatee's inability
to attend the hearing and shall not be considered in determining the
issue of need for the establishment of a conservatorship.
   (c) Emotional or psychological instability is not good cause for
the absence of the proposed conservatee from the hearing unless, by
reason of such instability, attendance at the hearing is likely to
cause serious and immediate physiological damage to the proposed
conservatee.



1826.  Regardless of whether the proposed conservatee attends the
hearing, the court investigator shall do all of the following:
   (a) Conduct the following interviews:
   (1) The proposed conservatee personally.
   (2) All petitioners and all proposed conservators who are not
petitioners.
   (3) The proposed conservatee's spouse or registered domestic
partner and relatives within the first degree. If the proposed
conservatee does not have a spouse, registered domestic partner, or
relatives within the first degree, to the greatest extent possible,
the proposed conservatee's relatives within the second degree.
   (4) To the greatest extent practical and taking into account the
proposed conservatee's wishes, the proposed conservatee's relatives
within the second degree not required to be interviewed under
paragraph (3), neighbors, and, if known, close friends.
   (b) Inform the proposed conservatee of the contents of the
citation, of the nature, purpose, and effect of the proceeding, and
of the right of the proposed conservatee to oppose the proceeding, to
attend the hearing, to have the matter of the establishment of the
conservatorship tried by jury, to be represented by legal counsel if
the proposed conservatee so chooses, and to have legal counsel
appointed by the court if unable to retain legal counsel.
   (c) Determine whether it appears that the proposed conservatee is
unable to attend the hearing and, if able to attend, whether the
proposed conservatee is willing to attend the hearing.
   (d) Review the allegations of the petition as to why the
appointment of the conservator is required and, in making his or her
determination, do the following:
   (1) Refer to the supplemental information form submitted by the
petitioner and consider the facts set forth in the form that address
each of the categories specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive,
of subdivision (a) of Section 1821.
   (2) Consider, to the extent practicable, whether he or she
believes the proposed conservatee suffers from any of the mental
function deficits listed in subdivision (a) of Section 811 that
significantly impairs the proposed conservatee's ability to
understand and appreciate the consequences of his or her actions in
connection with any of the functions described in subdivision (a) or
(b) of Section 1801 and identify the observations that support that
belief.
   (e) Determine whether the proposed conservatee wishes to contest
the establishment of the conservatorship.
   (f) Determine whether the proposed conservatee objects to the
proposed conservator or prefers another person to act as conservator.
   (g) Determine whether the proposed conservatee wishes to be
represented by legal counsel and, if so, whether the proposed
conservatee has retained legal counsel and, if not, the name of an
attorney the proposed conservatee wishes to retain.
   (h) Determine whether the proposed conservatee is capable of
completing an affidavit of voter registration.
   (i) If the proposed conservatee has not retained legal counsel,
determine whether the proposed conservatee desires the court to
appoint legal counsel.
   (j) Determine whether the appointment of legal counsel would be
helpful to the resolution of the matter or is necessary to protect
the interests of the proposed conservatee in any case where the
proposed conservatee does not plan to retain legal counsel and has
not requested the appointment of legal counsel by the court.
   (k) Report to the court in writing, at least five days before the
hearing, concerning all of the foregoing, including the proposed
conservatee's express communications concerning both of the
following:
   (1) Representation by legal counsel.
   (2) Whether the proposed conservatee is not willing to attend the
hearing, does not wish to contest the establishment of the
conservatorship, and does not object to the proposed conservator or
prefer that another person act as conservator.
   (l) Mail, at least five days before the hearing, a copy of the
report referred to in subdivision (k) to all of the following:
   (1) The attorney, if any, for the petitioner.
   (2) The attorney, if any, for the proposed conservatee.
   (3) The proposed conservatee.
   (4) The spouse, registered domestic partner, and relatives within
the first degree of the proposed conservatee who are required to be
named in the petition for appointment of the conservator, unless the
court determines that the mailing will result in harm to the
conservatee.
   (5) Any other persons as the court orders.
   (m) The court investigator has discretion to release the report
required by this section to the public conservator, interested public
agencies, and the long-term care ombudsman.
   (n) The report required by this section is confidential and shall
be made available only to parties, persons described in subdivision
(l), persons given notice of the petition who have requested this
report or who have appeared in the proceedings, their attorneys, and
the court. The court has discretion at any other time to release the
report, if it would serve the interests of the conservatee. The clerk
of the court shall provide for the limitation of the report
exclusively to persons entitled to its receipt.
   (o) This section does not apply to a proposed conservatee who has
personally executed the petition for conservatorship, or one who has
nominated his or her own conservator, if he or she attends the
hearing.
   (p) If the court investigator has performed an investigation
within the preceding six months and furnished a report thereon to the
court, the court may order, upon good cause shown, that another
investigation is not necessary or that a more limited investigation
may be performed.
   (q) Any investigation by the court investigator related to a
temporary conservatorship also may be a part of the investigation for
the general petition for conservatorship, but the court investigator
shall make a second visit to the proposed conservatee and the report
required by this section shall include the effect of the temporary
conservatorship on the proposed conservatee.
   (r) The Judicial Council shall, on or before January 1, 2009,
adopt rules of court and Judicial Council forms as necessary to
implement an expedited procedure to authorize, by court order, a
proposed conservatee's health care provider to disclose confidential
medical information about the proposed conservatee to a court
investigator pursuant to federal medical information privacy
regulations promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996.



1827.  The court shall hear and determine the matter of the
establishment of the conservatorship according to the law and
procedure relating to the trial of civil actions, including trial by
jury if demanded by the proposed conservatee.


1827.5.  (a) In the case of any proceeding to establish a limited
conservatorship for a person with developmental disabilities, within
30 days after the filing of a petition for limited conservatorship, a
proposed limited conservatee, with his or her consent, shall be
assessed at a regional center as provided in Chapter 5 (commencing
with Section 4620) of Division 4.5 of the Welfare and Institutions
Code. The regional center shall submit a written report of its
findings and recommendations to the court.
   (b) In the case of any proceeding to establish a general
conservatorship for a person with developmental disabilities, the
regional center, with the consent of the proposed conservatee, may
prepare an assessment as provided in Chapter 5 (commencing with
Section 4620) of Division 4.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
If an assessment is prepared, the regional center shall submit its
findings and recommendations to the court.
   (c) A report prepared under subdivision (a) or (b) shall include a
description of the specific areas, nature, and degree of disability
of the proposed conservatee or proposed limited conservatee. The
findings and recommendations of the regional center are not binding
upon the court.
   In a proceeding where the petitioner is a provider of board and
care, treatment, habilitation, or other services to persons with
developmental disabilities or a spouse or employee of a provider, is
not the natural parent of the proposed conservatee or proposed
limited conservatee, and is not a public entity, the regional center
shall include a recommendation in its report concerning the
suitability of the petitioners to meet the needs of the proposed
conservatee or proposed limited conservatee.
   (d) At least five days before the hearing on the petition, the
regional center shall mail a copy of the report referred to in
subdivision (a) to all of the following:
   (1) The proposed limited conservatee.
   (2) The attorney, if any, for the proposed limited conservatee.
   (3) If the petitioner is not the proposed limited conservatee, the
attorney for the petitioner or the petitioner if the petitioner does
not have an attorney.
   (4) Such other persons as the court orders.
   (e) The report referred to in subdivisions (a) and (b) shall be
confidential and shall be made available only to parties listed in
subdivision (d) unless the court, in its discretion, determines that
the release of the report would serve the interests of the
conservatee who is developmentally disabled. The clerk of the court
shall make provision for limiting disclosure of the report
exclusively to persons entitled thereto under this section.



1828.  (a) Except as provided in subdivision (c), prior to the
establishment of a conservatorship of the person or estate, or both,
the court shall inform the proposed conservatee of all of the
following:
   (1) The nature and purpose of the proceeding.
   (2) The establishment of a conservatorship is a legal adjudication
of the conservatee's inability properly to provide for the
conservatee's personal needs or to manage the conservatee's own
financial resources, or both, depending on the allegations made and
the determinations requested in the petition, and the effect of such
an adjudication on the conservatee's basic rights.
   (3) The proposed conservatee may be disqualified from voting if
not capable of completing an affidavit of voter registration.
   (4) The identity of the proposed conservator.
   (5) The nature and effect on the conservatee's basic rights of any
order requested under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 1870), and
in the case of an allegedly developmentally disabled adult, the
specific effects of each limitation requested in such order.
   (6) The proposed conservatee has the right to oppose the
proceeding, to have the matter of the establishment of the
conservatorship tried by jury, to be represented by legal counsel if
the proposed conservatee so chooses, and to have legal counsel
appointed by the court if unable to retain legal counsel.
   (b) After the court so informs the proposed conservatee and prior
to the establishment of the conservatorship, the court shall consult
the proposed conservatee to determine the proposed conservatee's
opinion concerning all of the following:
   (1) The establishment of the conservatorship.
   (2) The appointment of the proposed conservator.
   (3) Any order requested under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section
1870), and in the case of an allegedly developmentally disabled
adult, of each limitation requested in such order.
   (c) This section does not apply where both of the following
conditions are satisfied:
   (1) The proposed conservatee is absent from the hearing and is not
required to attend the hearing under the provisions of subdivision
(a) of Section 1825.
   (2) Any showing required by Section 1825 has been made.



1828.5.  (a) At the hearing on the petition for appointment of a
limited conservator for an allegedly developmentally disabled adult,
the court shall do each of the following:
   (1) Inquire into the nature and extent of the general intellectual
functioning of the individual alleged to be developmentally
disabled.
   (2) Evaluate the extent of the impairment of his or her adaptive
behavior.
   (3) Ascertain his or her capacity to care for himself or herself
and his or her property.
   (4) Inquire into the qualifications, abilities, and capabilities
of the person seeking appointment as limited conservator.
   (5) If a report by the regional center, in accordance with Section
1827.5, has not been filed in court because the proposed limited
conservatee withheld his or her consent to assessment by the regional
center, the court shall determine the reason for withholding such
consent.
   (b) If the court finds that the proposed limited conservatee
possesses the capacity to care for himself or herself and to manage
his or her property as a reasonably prudent person, the court shall
dismiss the petition for appointment of a limited conservator.
   (c) If the court finds that the proposed limited conservatee lacks
the capacity to perform some, but not all, of the tasks necessary to
provide properly for his or her own personal needs for physical
health, food, clothing, or shelter, or to manage his or her own
financial resources, the court shall appoint a limited conservator
for the person or the estate or the person and the estate.
   (d) If the court finds that the proposed limited conservatee lacks
the capacity to perform all of the tasks necessary to provide
properly for his or her own personal needs for physical health, food,
clothing, or shelter, or to manage his or her own financial
resources, the court shall appoint either a conservator or a limited
conservator for the person or the estate, or the person and the
estate.
   (e) The court shall define the powers and duties of the limited
conservator so as to permit the developmentally disabled adult to
care for himself or herself or to manage his or her financial
resources commensurate with his or her ability to do so.
   (f) Prior to the appointment of a limited conservator for the
person or estate or person and estate of a developmentally disabled
adult, the court shall inform the proposed limited conservatee of the
nature and purpose of the limited conservatorship proceeding, that
the appointment of a limited conservator for his or her person or
estate or person and estate will result in the transfer of certain
rights set forth in the petition and the effect of such transfer, the
identity of the person who has been nominated as his or her limited
conservator, that he or she has a right to oppose such proceeding,
and that he or she has a right to have the matter tried by jury.
After communicating such information to the person and prior to the
appointment of a limited conservator, the court shall consult the
person to determine his or her opinion concerning the appointment.



1829.  Any of the following persons may appear at the hearing to
support or oppose the petition:
   (a) The proposed conservatee.
   (b) The spouse or registered domestic partner of the proposed
conservatee.
   (c) A relative of the proposed conservatee.
   (d) Any interested person or friend of the proposed conservatee.




1830.  (a) The order appointing the conservator shall contain, among
other things, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of:
   (1) The conservator.
   (2) The conservatee's attorney, if any.
   (3) The court investigator, if any.
   (b) In the case of a limited conservator for a developmentally
disabled adult, any order the court may make shall include the
findings of the court specified in Section 1828.5. The order shall
specify the powers granted to and duties imposed upon the limited
conservator, which powers and duties may not exceed the powers and
duties applicable to a conservator under this code. The order shall
also specify the following:
   (1) The properties of the limited conservatee to which the limited
conservator is entitled to possession and management, giving a
description of the properties that will be sufficient to identify
them.
   (2) The debts, rentals, wages, or other claims due to the limited
conservatee which the limited conservator is entitled to collect, or
file suit with respect to, if necessary, and thereafter to possess
and manage.
   (3) The contractual or other obligations which the limited
conservator may incur on behalf of the limited conservatee.
   (4) The claims against the limited conservatee which the limited
conservator may pay, compromise, or defend, if necessary.
   (5) Any other powers, limitations, or duties with respect to the
care of the limited conservatee or the management of the property
specified in this subdivision by the limited conservator which the
court shall specifically and expressly grant.
   (c) An information notice of the rights of conservatees shall be
attached to the order. The conservator shall mail the order and the
attached information notice to the conservatee and the conservatee's
relatives, as set forth in subdivision (b) of Section 1821, within 30
days of the issuance of the order. By January 1, 2008, the Judicial
Council shall develop the notice required by this subdivision.



1834.  (a) Before letters are issued, the conservator (other than a
trust company or a public conservator) shall file an acknowledgment
of receipt of (1) a statement of duties and liabilities of the office
of conservator, and (2) a copy of the conservatorship information
required under Section 1835. The acknowledgment and the statement
shall be in the form prescribed by the Judicial Council.
   (b) The court may by local rules require the acknowledgment of
receipt to include the conservator's birth date and driver's license
number, if any, provided that the court ensures their
confidentiality.
   (c) The statement of duties and liabilities prescribed by the
Judicial Council shall not supersede the law on which the statement
is based.



1835.  (a) Every superior court shall provide all private
conservators with written information concerning a conservator's
rights, duties, limitations, and responsibilities under this
division.
   (b) The information to be provided shall include, but need not be
limited to, the following:
   (1) The rights, duties, limitations, and responsibilities of a
conservator.
   (2) The rights of a conservatee.
   (3) How to assess the needs of the conservatee.
   (4) How to use community-based services to meet the needs of the
conservatee.
   (5) How to ensure that the conservatee is provided with the least
restrictive possible environment.
   (6) The court procedures and processes relevant to
conservatorships.
   (7) The procedures for inventory and appraisal, and the filing of
accounts.
   (c) An information package shall be developed by the Judicial
Council, after consultation with the following organizations or
individuals:
   (1) The California State Association of Public Administrators,
Public Guardians, and Public Conservators, or other comparable
organizations.
   (2) The State Bar.
   (3) Individuals or organizations, approved by the Judicial
Council, who represent court investigators, specialists with
experience in performing assessments and coordinating community-based
services, and legal services programs for the elderly.
   (d) The failure of any court or any employee or agent thereof, to
provide information to a conservator as required by this section does
not:
   (1) Relieve the conservator of any of the conservator's duties as
required by this division.
   (2) Make the court or the employee or agent thereof, liable, in
either a personal or official capacity, for damages to a conservatee,
conservator, the conservatorship of a person or an estate, or any
other person or entity.
   (e) The information package shall be made available to individual
courts. The Judicial Council shall periodically update the
information package when changes in the law warrant revision. The
revisions shall be provided to individual courts.
   (f) To cover the costs of providing the written information
required by this section, a court may charge each private conservator
a fee of twenty dollars ($20) which shall be distributed to the
court in which it was collected.