A guardianship involves the appointment of an individual (a guardian) to handle personal/custodial matters for an incapacitated adult (ward). The incapacity may be due to mental illness, mental deficiency, physical illness or disability, advanced age, chronic use of drugs, chronic intoxication, or other cause (except minority) to the extent that the individual lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions concerning his person.
Responsibilities Of A Guardian:
The primary responsibilities of the guardian are to decide where the ward will live and make provisions for the ward’s care, comfort, and maintenance, including medical and health care decisions.
All Guardianships are under court supervision. It is the court’s responsibility to make certain that the guardian is functioning in the best interest of the protected person. It is the Guardians responsibility to follow the court’s instructions and to always act in the best interest of the protected person.
Guardianships are defined as protective proceedings because they involve protection of a person and/or property.