CURATORSHIP, offices, contracts, in the civil law. The power given by
authority of law, to one or more persons, to administer the property of an
individual who is unable to take care of his own estate and affairs, either
on account of his absence without an authorized agent, or in consequence of
his prodigality, or want of mind. Poth. Tr. des Personnes, t. 6, s. 5. As to
the laws of Louisiana, which authorize a curatorship, vide Civ. Code, art.
31, 50, et seq. 357, et seq.; 382, 1105, et seq.
2. Curatorship differs from tutorship, (q.v.) in this, that the latter
is instituted for the protection of property in the first place, and,
secondly, of the person; while the former is intended to protect, first,
the person, and, secondly, the property. 1 Lecons Elem. du Droit Civ. Rom.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.