Assemblymember Evan Low’s assembly bill, AB 1194, dramatically changes conservatorships in California. In the wake of the #FreeBrittney movement and the 2020 Netflix film, “I Care a Lot”, California is poised to significantly tighten the rules governing conservatorships. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill on September 30, 2021 which will go into effect early next year.
In the words of Low, “California’s conservatorship system is failing people from every walk of life, whether they are a global superstar whose struggles unfortunately play out in the public or a family unsure of how to take care of an elderly parent.” This bill is the most comprehensive attempt to overhaul conservatorships in California since the Omnibus Conservatorship and Guardianship Reform Act of 2006.
This bill will amend Section 1051, 1460, 1471, 1826, 1850, 1850.5, 1851, 1851.1, 1860, 1860.5, 1862, 1863, 2250, 2250.6, 2253, 2401, 2620, 2623, 2640, 2641, 2653, and add Sections 1851.6 and 2112, and repeal Section 1458 of the Probate Code. It would also amend Section 6580 and add Section 6563 of the Business and Professions Code.