GuardianshipA 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:
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:
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