If an adult becomes mentally incapacitated and is incapable of making responsible decisions, the court will appoint a substitute decision maker, often called a “guardian,” but in some states called a “conservator” or other term. Guardianship is a legal relationship between a competent adult (the “guardian”) and a person who because of incapacity is no longer able to take care of his or her own affairs (the “ward”). It is a big responsibility to be appointed to this position. As the Guardian, you are responsible for the safety and welfare of that person. What are the five key points to remember when you become the Guardian, or Conservator, of an adult?
Taking the Next Steps After Being Appointed a Guardian