What is a guardian?

A guardian is someone who assumes legal responsibility for the personal care of an incapable person, often including the management of his or her financial and legal affairs. An incapable person may also be referred to as the protected person or the ward. A guardian is appointed by the court. A legal guardian is under the supervision of the court and must make periodic reports on the status or completion of court-appointed responsibilities.

A guardian's responsibilities typically include the management of property, bills, medical decisions (including consent to surgery and other medical procedures), financial matters, residential affairs and monthly reporting to court officials.
Guardianship/conservatorship policies vary from state to state.

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