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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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262) That is, Article 17-A prescribes that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be placed under guardianships because of their diagnosed disabilities if it is deemed in their best interest.
271) Yet, this practice has not been universally adopted across Surrogate's Courts and the Unified Court System has not taken affirmative steps to reasonably modify its processes for appointing Article 17-A guardianships.
it must, of necessity, apply to guardianships sought pursuant to article 17-A.
In the last two legislative sessions, state lawmakers passed laws addressing guardianship concerns.
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Post adjudicatory proceedings and responsibilities related to guardianship, including the rights guaranteed by Florida law; and
744 (also known as the Florida Guardianship Law or the Guardianship Code) in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
635 revises Florida's guardianship statutes to provide increased protection for wards in guardianship proceed ings by making the screening process for proposed guardians more stringent and by providing stricter scrutiny of a guardian's control over a ward's assets.
described in Section LB, many guardianships are not that ideal, efforts
51) These reformers were leery of guardianships, (52) and sought to
This dramatic evolution in guardianship has been accompanied by growing debate on how it should be expressed.
Rather, mechanisms should be put in place to ensure that guardianship and administration are measures of last resort.