How can I list as a source, Court Appointed Conservatorship Papers for an Incapacitated Adult? [closed]

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I have a copy of the Petition of Conservatorship Papers regarding my Grandfather, Robert Leslie Demorest, that were sent to my mother in 2005. I want to list them as a source, but I am not sure exactly how. My grandfather passed away in February 2010, while a resident of the Columbia Falls, Montana Veteran's Home (He was a WWII Marine, Purple Heart Recipient).  In 2005, it was found that he was Incapacitated for his protection (He was sending money to mail scams, and buying items not needed from Door-to-Door salesman).  He was in his mid 80's at the time, as he passed away at age 88.  According to the date and information of the paperwork, he was still living at his apartment in Kalispell.  I also would like to include some type of information regarding his incapacitation in his biography, but am a little leery of doing so.

What is the proper way to document the source? His step-daughter and his step-granddaughter are still living, and they were granted the co-conservatorship of him for 180 days (my guess is that after the 180 days, he was transferred to the Conservatorship of the Veteran's Home, though I currently do not have any proof of that part), at the time of the date of the paperwork.
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in Genealogy Help by David Owens G2G4 (4.1k points)
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It sounds like the stepdaughter and the step-granddaughter were appointed appointed as temporary conservators, i.e. for only 6 months, rather than as full conservators.  if you had the complete court file, you would probably find a court order appointing a full conservator or guardian at the conclusion of the 6 month period, likely the stepdaughter and/or the step-granddaughter.  While he was in the veterans' home, it would be uncommon to appoint the veterans' home itself.

It looks like George just got you information on citations.

At the risk of stating the obvious, while a decade has passed, you would want to be very careful about putting the original documents or much of their content on the internet (in a free space or elsewhere).  Those documents tend to have financial and other personal information.

If it were me, I would not say anything about the incapacity.   A lot of older people have those issues  and, in my view, those issues are not of particular importance in understanding their lives.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (180k points)
selected by George Fulton
Excellent advice.  We lived through three years of dementia and it makes no matter to those who did not know him and those who knew him understood and coped.  No one else
has to deal with the situations, in my opinion.

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