Guardianship

Guardians are individuals appointed by the probate and family court. The person for whom a guardian is appointed is called a ward. A court might appoint a guardian if one of the following conditions are present: the ward is a minor under the age of 18, the ward is determined to be mentally ill by a physician, the ward due to excessive drinking, gambling, or drug use is wasting his/her estate, or the ward is determined to be mentally retarded by a physician.

In addition to one of these impairments the court must determine that the ward is significantly incapacitated and therefore unable to make informed decisions in terms of their financial affairs and personal matters.

Typical duties and tasks of a given guardian include: handling the ward’s finances, representing the ward in lawsuits, as well as leasing, selling, and managing the ward’s property upon approval of the family court.

If you feel that a loved one is in need of a guardian we can help you through the process.