The term guardianship refers to the legal appointment of one person (a guardian) to make decisions on behalf of another person (a Ward) because they are unable to do so themselves.
The ward may be a minor child, an elderly or disabled adult, or someone who has a mental or physical disability that impairs their ability to care for themselves.
The guardian is legally responsible for acting in the best interests of the ward and ensuring that their needs are met. This may include making decisions about their health, education, living arrangements, and finances.
Guardianship is usually granted by a Probate or Family Court after a petition is filed by an individual or organization seeking to become a guardian.
The court will review the circumstances and evidence to determine whether guardianship is necessary, and who would be best suited to serve as guardian.
Guardianship can be temporary or permanent, and may be modified or terminated by the court if circumstances change.