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Guardianship

A Guardian of Person is an individual or entity appointed by the court that has the legal right and duty to care for a person, the ward, because of the person's inability to legally act on his/her own behalf due to minority, mental or physical incapacity.

The court may grant all or some of the Powers of the Person which are:

  • Power to establish place of abode and have custody of the ward.
  • Power to provide for the ward's care, comfort and maintenance. This includes food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and more.
  • Power to care for the ward's personal property including household items, vehicles and other personal items.
  • Power to consent to medical treatment, counseling or other professional care services.
  • Power to approve or withhold approval of contracts. This is if there is no Conservator appointed.
  • Power to exercise supervisory authority over the ward.
  • Power to apply for government benefits on behalf of the ward.

A Guardianship is under court supervision and the appointed Guardian is required to file reports with the court on an annual basis. A court hearing is required for a Guardianship to be established and the proposed ward and their interested parties must be given notice of the hearing. If the ward does not already have one, an attorney is appointed by the court. The ward always maintains the right to petition the court to terminate the Guardianship.

Less restrictive alternatives to Guardianship are:

  • Healthcare Power of Attorney, also known as a healthcare directive
  • Case Management plan
  • Family assistance

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Senior Options, Inc.
Kim Tophen
PO Box 980
Brainerd, MN 56401-0980
Senior Options, Inc. Bonded and Insured
Phone: 763-792-4472
Fax: 763-792-4492
Kim@SeniorOptionsInc.com

 
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