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Adding or Replacing a Conservator
These standard instructions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice about your case. If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules and procedures as an attorney.

  • FORMS for Adding or Replacing a Conservator
    • Forms for adding or replacing a Conservator
      • This page will help you learn about adding of replacing a Conservator, case filing forms & fee requirements and common legal terms.

         

        Instructions

        JDF 847 - Instructions for Filing a Petition for Appointment of Co-Guardian/Conservator or Successor Guardian/Conservator

         

        Forms

        JDF 711 - Notice of Hearing

        JDF 712 - Notice of Non-Appearance Hearing Pursuant to C.R.P.P. 8.8

        JDF 714 - Affidavit Regarding Due Diligence and Proof of Publication

        JDF 716 - Notice of Hearing by Publication

        JDF 719 - Waiver of Notice

        JDF 721 - Irrevocable Power of Attorney

        JDF 800 - Acknowledgment of Responsibilities Conservator and/or Guardian

        JDF 805 - Acceptance of Office

        JDF 812 - Notice of Appointment of Guardian and/or Conservator

        JDF 863 - Letters of Conservatorship - Minor

        JDF 879 - Petition for Appointment of Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator

        JDF 880 - Letters of Conservatorship - Adult

        JDF 882 - Conservator's Finanical Plan with Inventory and Motion for Approval

        JDF 884 - Order Appointing Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator

        JDF 885 - Conservator's Report

         

  • How do I add another conservator?
    • 1. Determine whether you meet the requirements to add another conservator.
      • A person who has the help of a conservator is referred to as a "Protected Person".

        If there is already a conservator in place, you can ask the court to add someone else.  You can ask the court to add as many conservators as you'd like to add.

        Any person concerned about the Protected Person's financial situation, or any person who would be negatively affected if the Protected Person's finances are not managed correctly can ask the court to add additional conservators.

        You can ask the court to name you as the additional conservator, or you can ask the court to name someone else.

        You must be at least 21 years old to be a conservator.

    • 2. Determine what information you need before you file your paperwork.
      • Before you file paperwork to add another conservator, you (or anyone else who wants to be the conservator) will need these things:

        1. A copy of your criminal history report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
        2. A copy of your current credit report
        3. A copy of your driver's license

        NOTE:  If you are the Protected Person's (Respondent's) parent and you live with the Protected Person, you must provide a copy of your driver's license. However, you may not need to provide your criminal history report or your credit report. Please check with the court you are filing your case with regarding these requirements.

        To get a copy of your criminal history report, you can go to the CBI's website here: https://www.cbirecordscheck.com/Index.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1. You can also go to the CBI directly at 690 Kipling Street, Denver, CO 80215. You can reach the CBI by phone at 303-239-4300. There will be a fee for running your criminal history report.

        Even if there is nothing on your criminal history report, you will still need to file this document with the court.

        You can use any credit reporting agency to get your current credit report. Here are few choices:
        1. Equifax, Inc., P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374, 1-800-685-1111, or atwww.equifax.com
        2Experian, P.O. Box 2002, Allen, TX 75013, 1-888-397-3742, or atwww.experian.com
        3. TransUnion, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19022, 1-800-916-8800, or atwww.transunion.com

        Make sure to black-out your social security number on the credit report. There may be a fee for getting your credit report.

        When you make a photo-copy of your driver's license, make sure the copy is clear enough for the court to read.

    • 3. Determine where to file your paperwork.
      • You will file your paperwork to add a conservator with the same court where the existing conservatorship case is located.

        You will use the same case number from the existing conservatorship case.

    • 4. Fill out the correct paperwork.
      • The person filing the case will be known as the Petitioner and the person who you want to be the conservator for will be known as the Protected Person.

        Download and complete these forms:
        JDF 879 Petition for Appointment of Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator
        JDF 805 Acceptance of Office
        JDF 880 Letters of Conservatorship - Adult or JDF 863 Letters of Conservatorship - Minor
        JDF 884 Order Appointing Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator
        JDF 721 Irrevocable Power of Attorney (Use only if the person who wants to be an additional conservator does not live in Colorado)

        For detailed instructions on completing the forms, see JDF 847 Instructions for Filing a Petition for Appointment of Co-Guardian/Conservator or Successor Guardian/Conservator.

        Check the box that says "Co-Conservator" at the top of JDF 879 Petition for Appointment of Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator.

        JDF 879 Petition for Appointment of Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator and JDF 805 Acceptance of Office must be signed in front of a Notary Public or court clerk.  You can find a Notary Public by looking in the Yellow Pages, on the internet, or by going to your local bank.

        Fill out only the top "caption" part of JDF 884 Order Appointing Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator and JDF 880 Letters of Conservatorship - Adult or JDF 863 Letters of Conservatorship - Minor.  The court will fill out the rest.

        Take your completed forms to the courthouse and give them to the clerk to file your paperwork. You will also give the clerk your criminal history report, your credit report, and the copy of your driver's license.

        There is no filing fee required.

        After you file these forms and documents with the court, you can ask the clerk how to get a date for a court hearing.

    • 5. Give notice to the Respondent and other interested persons.
      • After you file your paperwork with the court and get a date for a hearing, you must give notice of the hearing date and time, along with a copy of JDF 879 Petition for Appointment of Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator.  This notice must be given to the Protected Person (if at least 12 years old), as well as to all other persons interested in the case, at least 14 days before the hearing.

        Review the paperwork from the case where the first conservator was named. Give notice to all of the same people that got notice of the case naming the first conservator.

        Also, review JDF 847 Instructions for Filing a Petition for Appointment of Co-Guardian/Conservator or Successor Guardian/Conservator for a list of interested persons who must get notice.

        Follow these steps to give notice:
        1. Fill out JDF 711 Notice of Hearing.
        2. You must mail or hand-deliver a copy of JDF 711 Notice of Hearing, along with a copy of JDF 879 Petition for Appointment of Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator, to the Protected Person (if at least 12 years old) and all other interested persons.
        3. After mailing or hand-delivering copies of the forms, complete the Certificate of Service part of JDF 711 Notice of Hearing and file it with the court.

    • 6. Determine what you need to do after you become the conservator.
      • After the court names you as the conservator, you must complete JDF 800 Acknowledgment of Responsibilities and file it with the court. After you file this form, check with the court to find out how to obtain a certified copy of JDF 880 Letters of Conservatorship - Adult or JDF 863 Letters of Conservatorship - Minor. This is the document that proves you are the conservator.   You may be required to pay a fee to obtain a certified copy of the Letters.

        Within 30 days after being named as the conservator, you must complete JDF 812 Notice of Appointment of Conservator and mail or hand-deliver a copy to the Protected Person (if at least 12 years old) and all other interested persons. After mailing or hand-delivering a copy, fill out the Certificate of Service part of the form and file it with the court.

        Depending on the court, the Letters may be valid for only one year and may be renewed after you and the other conservators file a completed JDF 885 Conservator's Report, which must be filed once a year or as otherwise directed by the court.  Check with the court to find out when your yearly report is due.

        You will need to mail or hand-deliver a copy of JDF 885 Conservator's Report to the Protected Person (if at least 12 years old) and to all other interested persons. After mailing or hand-delivering a copy, fill out the Certificate of Service part of the form and file it with the court.

         

  • How do I replace the conservator with someone else?
    • 1. Determine whether you meet the requirements to replace the conservator.
      • A person who has the help of a conservator is referred to as a "Protected Person".

        You can ask the court to replace the current conservator with someone else if:
        1. The conservator dies,
        2. The person who is the conservator no longer wants to be the conservator, OR
        3. The court decides to remove the current conservator

        Any person concerned about the Protected Person's financial situation, or any person who would be negatively affected if the Protected Person's finances are not managed correctly, can ask the court to replace the current conservator.

        You can ask the court to name you as the replacement conservator, or you can ask the court to name someone else.

        You must be at least 21 years old to be a conservator.

    • 2. Determine what information you need before you file your paperwork.
      • Before you file paperwork to replace a conservator, you (or anyone else who wants to be the conservator) will need these things:

        1. A copy of your criminal history report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
        2. A copy of your current credit report
        3. A copy of your driver's license

        NOTE:  If you are the Protected Person's (Respondent's) parent and you live with the Protected Person, you must provide a copy of your driver's license. However, you may not need to provide your criminal history report or your credit report. Please check with the court you are filing your case with regarding these requirements.

        To get a copy of your criminal history report, you can go to the CBI's website here: https://www.cbirecordscheck.com/Index.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1. You can also go to the CBI directly at 690 Kipling Street, Denver, CO 80215. You can reach the CBI by phone at 303-239-4300. There will be a fee for running your criminal history report.

        Even if there is nothing on your criminal history report, you will still need to file this document with the court.

        You can use any credit reporting agency to get your current credit report. Here are few choices:
        1. Equifax, Inc., P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374, 1-800-685-1111, or atwww.equifax.com
        2Experian, P.O. Box 2002, Allen, TX 75013, 1-888-397-3742, or atwww.experian.com
        3. TransUnion, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19022, 1-800-916-8800, or atwww.transunion.com

        Make sure to black-out your social security number on the credit report. There may be a fee for getting your credit report.

        When you make a photo-copy of your driver's license, make sure the copy is clear enough for the court to read.

    • 3. Determine where to file your paperwork.
      • You will file your paperwork to replace the current conservator with the same court where the existing conservatorship case is located.

        You will use the same case number from the existing conservatorship case.

    • 4. Fill out the correct paperwork.
      • The person filing the case will be known as the Petitioner and the person who you want to be the conservator for will be known as the Protected Person.

        Download and complete these forms:
        JDF 879 Petition for Appointment of Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator
        JDF 805 Acceptance of Office
        JDF 880 Letters of Conservatorship - Adult or JDF 863 Letters of Conservatorship - Minor
        JDF 884 Order Appointing Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator
        JDF 721 Irrevocable Power of Attorney (Use only if the person who wants to be the new conservator does not live in Colorado)

        For detailed instructions, see JDF 847 Instructions for Filing a Petition for Appointment of Co-Guardian/Conservator or Successor Guardian/Conservator.

        Check the box that says "Successor Conservator" at the top of JDF 879 Petition for Appointment of Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator.

        JDF 879 Petition for Appointment of Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator and JDF 805 Acceptance of Office must be signed in front of a Notary Public or court clerk. You can find a Notary Public by looking in the Yellow Pages, on the internet, or by going to your local bank.

        Fill out only the top "caption" part of JDF 884 Order Appointing Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator and JDF 880 Letters of Conservatorship - Adult or JDF 863 Letters of Conservatorship - Minor. The court will fill out the rest.

        Take your completed forms to the courthouse and give them to the clerk to file your paperwork. You will also give the clerk your criminal history report, your credit report, and the copy of your driver's license.

        There is no filing fee required.

        After you file these forms and documents with the court, you can ask the clerk how to get a date for a court hearing.

    • 5. Give notice to the Respondent and other interested persons.
      • After you file your paperwork with the court and get a date for a hearing, you must give notice of the hearing date and time, along with a copy of JDF 879 Petition for Appointment of Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator.  This notice must be given to the Protected Person (if at least 12 years old), as well as to all other persons interested in the case, at least 14 days before the hearing.

        Review the paperwork from the case where the first conservator was named. Give notice to all of the same people that got notice of the case naming the first conservator.

        Also, review JDF 847 Instructions for Filing a Petition for Appointment of Co-Guardian/Conservator or Successor Guardian/Conservator for a list of interested persons who must get notice.

        Follow these steps to give notice:
        1. Fill out JDF 711 Notice of Hearing.
        2. You must mail or hand-deliver a copy of JDF 711 Notice of Hearing, along with a copy of JDF 879 Petition for Appointment of Co-Conservator or Successor Conservator, to the Protected Person (if at least 12 years old) and all other interested persons.
        3. After mailing or hand-delivering copies of the forms, complete the Certificate of Service part of JDF 711 Notice of Hearing and file it with the court.

    • 6. Determine what you need to do after you become the conservator.
      • After the court names you as the conservator, you must complete JDF 800 Acknowledgment of Responsibilities and file it with the court. After you file this form, check with the court to find out how to obtain a certified copy of JDF 880 Letters of Conservatorship - Adult or JDF 863 Letters of Conservatorship - Minor. This is the document that proves you are the conservator.   You may be required to pay a fee to obtain a certified copy of the Letters.

        Within 30 days after being named as the conservator, you must complete JDF 812 Notice of Appointment of Conservator and mail or hand-deliver a copy to the Protected Person (if at least 12 years old) and all other interested persons. After mailing or hand-delivering a copy, fill out the Certificate of Service part of the form and file it with the court.

        Depending on the court, the Letters may be valid for only one year and may be renewed after you and the other conservators file a completed JDF 885 Conservator's Report, which must be filed once a year or as otherwise directed by the court.  Check with the court to find out when your yearly report is due.

        You will need to mail or hand-deliver a copy of JDF 885 Conservator's Report to the Protected Person (if at least 12 years old) and to all other interested persons. After mailing or hand-delivering a copy, fill out the Certificate of Service part of the form and file it with the court.

         

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