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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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Even prior to its Olmstead decision, the Supreme Court held high the perspective of families and legal guardians (often family members), in residential placement decisions:
Researchers: Obtaining consent for the participation of children in HIV prevention trials is extremely complex; children under 18 will require consent from a parent or legal guardian, but will have the capacity to consent independently to some procedures and interventions within these trials.
Third, a trust established for a disabled individual is exempt when (1) the trust is established and managed by a nonprofit association; (2) each beneficiary has a separate account (the accounts can be pooled for investment purposes); (3) trust accounts are established by the individual's spouse, legal guardian, a court or an administrative body; and (4) the state must be reimbursed for all Medicaid benefits paid, to the extent any assets remaining in the individual's account at his or her death are not retained by the trust.
Similar violations were found by the court for regulations that banned visits from a former prisoner, probationer or a parolee (other than a prisoner's immediate family), required children to be accompanied by an immediate family member or legal guardian, and a permanent ban on all visitation (other than attorney or clergy) for prisoners with two or more major misconduct charges for substance abuse.
Her brother, a Republican and a religious Episcopalian, asked her to be the "financial" guardian of his three daughters in the event of his and his wife's deaths but preferred a married sister as the legal guardian.
Grandpa Louie died when I was 5, my Uncle Jeff when I was 6, and my mom when I was 7--all from AIDS," says Jamie, now 16 and living in Wichita, Kansas, with her legal guardian, Sandy Hyson, an AIDS educator.
A case in point involved a woman for whom one daughter, serving as legal guardian, had agreed to withdrawal of a feeding tube, but found herself unable to stand up to another daughter who demanded that the tube remain.
The appointment of a legal guardian is a major imposition on a person's autonomy.
Rainbow Beach had a duty to protect Ingrid from sexual advances and activity of residents at the facility," said Chicago lawyer Michael Gravlin, who is representing Shuane Williamson Ofori-Amanfo, Ingrid Williamson's sister and legal guardian, in the civil lawsuit.
In the case of a child travelling with a person other than a parent, the unabridged birth certificate must be supplemented by affidavits from the parents or legal guardians confirming that the child may travel with that person, copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian, and the contact details of the parents or legal guardian.
Summary: RIYADH: Women campaigning for the abolishment of a rule stipulating they name a legal guardian every time they apply for a job say their patience with the Ministry of Labor is running thin because the government department has not responded to their initial demands.
The 35-year-old star, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, confessed his grandmother became his legal guardian after his mother was murdered when he was 12.