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Whether due to accident, illness, or just old age, there may come a time when a loved one is no longer capable of managing their affairs and personal needs. In such difficult situations, the courts may step in and appoint a guardian to manage the care and the properties of the incapacitated person.
Duties of a Guardian
The duties a guardian assumes vary according to the needs of the situation, but they usually include any of the following:
Managing the person's finances, paying the rent, bills, etc.
Seeing to the person's daily hygienic, nutritional, and medical needs
Making medical decisions the individual is unable to make
Making housing arrangements
Making certain end of life decisions
Appointing a Guardian
The courts generally step in and appoint a guardian for one of several reasons:
The individual has no known spouse, relatives, or children
The individual didn't previously appoint someone to act as power of attorney over them and their estate
The individual's health and safety are at risk