What is a Guardian?

A Guardian is an individual appointed by the court to care for another’s financial or personal matters when an individual is legally incapable of handling his or her own affairs. A Guardian serves under and reports to the Court. A Conservator or Custodian has duties similar to a Guardian, but with legally imposed restrictions. A guardianship is typically necessary only when there is no lifetime planning or when there are no directives in place before incapacity, and involves a Court supervised process for the duration of the Guardianship.


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