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Different types of guardianship explained

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | Guardianship |

Guardianship involves a person or entity legally responsible for caring for someone unable to care for themselves due to age, disability, or other reasons. When you start planning for the future, it is crucial to consider who will look after your loved ones in your absence. 

This is why it is important to understand the different types of guardianship.

Full guardianship

Full guardianship grants a guardian complete control over personal and financial decisions for the ward (the person under guardianship). It is often used when the ward cannot make safe or sound decisions due to their condition. The guardian takes responsibility for everything from healthcare to managing finances.

Limited guardianship

Unlike full guardianship, limited guardianship restricts a guardian’s power to certain areas of the ward’s life. For example, if the ward can handle some daily activities but struggles with complex financial decisions, limited guardianship might be appropriate. This arrangement helps maintain the ward’s independence while providing necessary support.

Temporary guardianship

Sometimes, emergency situations need temporary guardianship. This type is short-term and arises when the ward requires immediate decisions. The temporary guardianship usually ends once the emergency is over and those involved consider long-term solutions.

Guardianship of the estate

This type focuses on managing the ward’s finances. The guardian oversees all financial aspects, including assets, investments, and day-to-day transactions. This is often set up when the ward can make personal decisions but needs help with complex financial matters.

Guardianship of the person

This type involves overseeing the ward’s well-being and daily needs, such as healthcare, nutrition, and living arrangements. It is suitable when the ward can manage their finances but needs help with personal care.

Understanding the different types of guardianship helps ensure your loved ones receive the right care and support. By choosing the most appropriate guardianship, you can provide for their needs and secure their future well-being.


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