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An individual or trust institution appointed by a court to care for a minor or an incompetent person and his or her property.


A non-parent who is legally responsible for a minor child or mentally incompetent person. A guardian may be designated by a parent, perhaps in a will, or one may be appointed by a court. More than one guardian may be designated for a single person, each with his/her own areas of responsibility. For example, a child may live with one guardian while another is responsible for administering assets left to the child in his/her parent's estate.


A guardian is someone you designate to be legally responsible for your minor children or other dependents who are unable to take care of themselves if you are unavailable to provide for their care.

You may name the guardian in your will or while you are still alive. In most cases, a guardian makes both personal and financial decisions for his or her ward.

However, you may name two guardians with different areas of responsibility -- perhaps one for financial matters if you have a substantial estate. If you become disabled or otherwise unable to manage your own affairs, the appropriate court in your state may name a guardian to manage your affairs.


A person who operates under court supervision and handles the affairs of a party—the ward—who is incapable of doing so.Wards may be minor children or those adjudged incompetent. Guardians may execute deeds on behalf of their wards. In some states, a guardian may not place a mortgage on property owned by the ward, nor may the guardian buy property subject to a mortgage.

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The guardian ad litem is also charged with investigating the identity of all heirs residing in Cuba.
To support of the 15th Circuit, Palm Beach County Guardian ad Litem program, donations may be made at their website www.
Florida, as a recipient of federal funds, is bound by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1975 (CAPTA), which requires every state to appoint a guardian ad litem to represent a child in dependency proceedings.
legislature in 1983, the mission of the Guardian ad Litem program is to provide trained, independent advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in the state court system, and to work towards a plan that ensures that these children are in a safe, permanent home.
com)-- Shorecrest Preparatory School's Guardian ad Litem Service Club has invited Ashley Rhodes-Courter, child advocate and author, to speak at the Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest Preparatory School on November 30, 2015 at 7pm.
Bullseye tasked with raising awareness of Voices for Children, a Broward County nonprofit committed to raising funds and increasing awareness for the Guardian Ad Litem Program and the work it does for abandoned, abused and neglected children in Broward County
He credits his staff, Family Support Services, the Guardian ad Litem Office and volunteers, the DCF, and the attorneys who work daily in his court.
Although present at the hearing, the Guardian ad Litem program took no action to prevent the abrupt removal of Matthew from his "daddy," his home, and everything familiar to him.
For example, the nation's highest compliance rate for payment of child support is currently claimed by the guardian ad litem program for Dallas and Collin counties in Texas.
The Guardian ad Litem Project is an independent project of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association.
com)-- Suzanne Parker and Brenda Kocher of Hillsborough County Guardian Ad Litem will appear on the "Ask the Dom" radio show on 102.