WHAT IS A GUARDIAN?
The parent of a minor or someone who has been appointed by the Court to be responsible for the personal care of an individual.
WHAT IS A WARD?
Legal name for a person for whom a guardian has been appointed.
WHO CAN BE A GUARDIAN FOR AN ADULT?
Any qualified person may be appointed. However, the law establishes the following priorities:
WHO CAN BE GUARDIAN FOR A CHILD?
The court may appoint any person who will be in the best interest of the minor. However, if the minor is 14 years old, or older, the minor’s nominee must be appointed unless the appointment is contrary to the minor’s best interest.
Also, a parental nomination has priority.
CAN A PARENT APPOINT A GUARDIAN?
Yes, in a Will, a parent may appoint a guardian for a minor child or for an unmarried incapacitated child.
CAN A SPOUSE APPOINT A GUARDIAN?
Yes, in a Will, a person may appoint a guardian for his or her incapacitated spouse.
WHAT ARE THE POWERS OF A GUARDIAN?
(Court may limit powers of guardianship)
WHEN DOES A GUARDIANSHIP END?