A legal guardian has the serious responsibility and legal authority to take care of the personal and property interest of another person. Guardians are appointed in cases where the person being cared for – the ward – cannot take care of themselves because they are too young or suffer other incapacity or disability.
In most states, parents of a minor child are the legal guardians of that child and may designate a guardian in the event of their deaths.
A legal guardian designated either by a family member or the courts has the power and responsibility to handle the ward’s well being and property. In some cases a special guardian may be appointed. The special guardian does not have the broad powers of a legal guardian. For instance a special guardian may be responsible for the ward’s personal well being but have only limited control of the ward’s property.
At Turner Law Offices, P.C., skilled attorneys have helped families deal with guardianships for more than two decades. Contact Turner Law Offices, P.C., for more information.