Guardianship is essential for adults who are unable to make decisions on their own behalf and do not have Powers of Attorney to avoid guardianship, and for some minors. Individuals under guardianship are called “wards”. The court will name a guardian for making decisions on the behalf of a ward and/or managing the finances of the ward. For children, a guardian is generally, but not always, a parent. For adults, a guardian might be a parent, spouse, child, friend...

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