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September 3, 2013 > Bill protects conservatees

Bill protects conservatees

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski's (D-Fremont) bill to stop conservatees from being isolated from family and friends by conservators who are overstepping their limits was signed into law August 19, 2013 by California Governor Jerry Brown.

"Governor Brown's decision to sign AB 937 sends a clear message that people who are no longer able to manage their affairs should still be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve rather than isolated from their loved ones," Wieckowski said. "This is a victory for conservatees throughout California and for all those who care about them."

AB 937 clarifies the law to state that unless a court has ordered otherwise, a conservatee keeps the right to, among other things, receive personal mail, telephone calls, and visitors.

Conservatorships are established to protect individuals from abuse when they can no longer manage their finances, personal or medical decisions. When a court establishes a conservatorship, the conservatee and his or her family receive a Judicial Council notice saying the conservatee should be treated with understanding and respect.

Assemblymember Wieckowski represents the 25th District, which includes Fremont, Newark, San Jose, Milpitas and Santa Clara.

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