Issue: Under New Mexico law, is the term of a conservatorship or guardianship terminated on the death of the ward or protected person?
|Area of Law:||Family Law|
|Keywords:||Death of the protected person; Conservatorship or guardianship|
|Cited Statutes:||N.M.S.A. § 45-5-306|
A conservatorship or guardianship terminates upon the death of the ward or protected person. See N.M.S.A. § 45-5-306 (the authority and responsibility of a guardian for an incapacitated person terminates upon death of the protected person); see generally, CJS, Mental Health, §§ 167, 193 (guardianship or conservatorship generally terminate upon death of protected person). After a person under conservatorship dies, the conservator’s alleged interest eases. See, e.g., Whitley v. River’s Bend Health Care, 916 N.E.2d 515, 520-21 (Ohio Ct. App. 2009) (because death of the ward terminates the guardianship, it removes all power of the guardian to act on behalf of the ward).