Glossary of Court Terms
Conservator - A person appointed by the court to manage the financial affairs of a minor or protected person.
Decedent - A person who has died.
Fiduciary - A person who have been appointed by another or by the court to manage the personal or financial affairs of another.
Guardian - A person who is appointed by the court to make personal decisions for a minor or legally incapaciated individual.
Intestate - To die without a Will.
SCAO - State Court Administrative Office.
Testate - To die having properly executing a Last Will and Testament.
Trust - A legal entity established by a person to place property owned by that person to manage and dispose of property after death. A trust is established for many reasons ie. tax consequences and avoidance of Probate.