Under Tennessee law, a Conservator is "a person or persons or an entity appointed by the court to exercise the decision-making rights and duties of the person with a disability in one or more areas in which the person lacks capacity as determined and required by orders of the court." Tenn. Code Ann. §34-1-101(4)(B). Similar to a conservator, but not quite the same, is a Guardianship. In Tennessee a Guardian, or coguardian, is defined as "a person or persons appointed by the court to provide partial or full supervision, protection and assistance of the person or property, or both, of a minor." Tenn. Code Ann. §34-1-101(10). It is important to realize the difference between a Conservator and a Guardian. A Conservator protects any person, regardless of age, who is disabled in a way that affects their capacity. A guardianships purpose is to protect a minor child; they automatically do not have capacity based on their age.
The unfortunate passing of "The Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin, has left her fans grieving, but has left her grieving family to divide her estimated $80 million-dollar estate without the help of an estate plan. Aretha Franklin passed away intestate, in other words, without a will. This means the state in which she is domiciled will determine the distribution of her estate through the state's intestacy laws.