Guardianship is a legal process designed to protect vulnerable persons (including as a result of age (under 18), disease, injury, developmental disability, or physical disability) from abuse, neglect (by self or third parties), and exploitation. Guardianship provides for management of the person and/or the management of his or her money while preserving, to the largest extent possible, that person’s independence and right to make decisions affecting his or her life.
It removes certain rights and privileges from a person (i.e. the “ward”) and grants another person (i.e. the “guardian”) the authority (broad or limited depending on the extent of incapacity) to make decisions for that person.