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Conservatorship Association of Tennessee (CAT)

The Conservatorship Association of Tennessee as an affiliate of the National Guardianship Association promotes a nationally recognized standard of excellence in conservatorship and believes that:

“Good Guardians make Good Guardianships”

CAT is a membership organization of people who are concerned about the quality of services for the increasing number of vulnerable Tennesseans who need assistance in decision-making. Membership is open to conservators, guardians, attorneys, representative payees, advocates, family members, judges, magistrates, physicians, social workers, case managers and anyone else interested in improving the lives of Tennesseans who may need conservatorship or guardianship services.

Guardianship is now called Conservatorship in Tennessee for persons 18 years or older. For minors the term Guardianship remains. Conservatorship is a legal process by which a court determines that a person cannot make decisions about some or all areas of life. A Conservator in Tennessee can be a person, institution, or agency appointed by a court to manage the affairs of another. Your local court will be able to direct you to the divisions that handle conservatorships.

Click here to read "How is it determined that a person may need a conservator?"

Click here to become a CAT member

Click here to view a pdf brochure about the Conservatorship Association of Tennessee


Join your colleagues to hear speakers who are at the forefront of person-centered planning, navigating TennCare and the PAE process, confronting  the promises and pitfalls of psychotropic medication and exploring the challenges of capacity and consent.


CAT Annual Conference
May 1, 2014

One Century Place Conference Center

26 Century Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37214

Conference Registration Form

Printable Event Schedule


 Sponsorship Registration at the Conservatorship Association of Tennesee 2014 Annual Conference in Nashville TN.

 This is your opportunity to connect with decision makers from across Tennessee to let them see and hear your message exclusively.

 Please see our attached descriptions of tiers for sponsorship and exhibitors.

Click the link below 

Interested in sponsoring or being an exhibitor at the conference





Congratulations to the following people on their election to the CAT Board of Directors. We had excellent candidates from which to choose. 

The new members will begin their three year terms in January.



Ron Huff

Susan Unger

Ashley Zehr




Reflections From The Annual Conference

August 15 - Nashville

Attorney Bill Barrick brought us up to speed regarding the recent changes in the conservatorship law in Tennessee. Dr. Andrew Sandler reviewed the challenges for working with people who have Alzheimer's.  Sally Hume challenged us, as conservators, to always keep the needs desires and wishes of the person in mind as we make our decisions. 

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Of course there was that great opportunity to network with colleagues.

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We had great positive feedback from the Annual CAT conference held in Nashville on August 15.

We are using the feedback from the conference to put together a challenging program for our next meeting to be held Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Nashville.  The conference would be even better with your participation. You are the folks who have the "boots on the ground." You know how it goes on a daily basis and what you know would be of great value to the rest of us. So tell us. Put together a panel on a topic of your interest and submit it to us. We want to hear from you.


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Information provided to you either on this website or in response to individual inquiries is intended as general educational information and is NOT LEGAL ADVICE from CAT, its Board of Directors or officers, members, or others acting on behalf of CAT. While some general guidance can be provided, the issues are often complex and depend on both individual factual situations and different procedures followed among the various Tennessee Courts.



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