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How is a guardian appointed?

The process of appointing a guardian usually begins when a family member or close friend of a care recipient petitions the court to act as guardian on the recipient’s behalf. The court schedules a hearing, at which time a magistrate, judge or jury will hear from doctors, family members and others close to the care recipient to decide whether the recipient is competent to manage his or her own affairs. If the answer is no, the court appoints a guardian. But if anyone interviewed objects, the matter goes to a trial.

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