Who may have a Guardian appointed to manage his/her affairs?
The law presumes that an adult 18 years or older is capable of managing his/her own affairs. In order to have a guardian appointed in most parts of the United States a person must demonstrate to lack the capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions concerning personal or financial matters. In most states, the lack of capacity requires a cause with the decisional impairment being the result. Mental illness, a developmental disability, a physical incapacity, chronic intoxication, or even advanced age, are identified by various states as the basis for the lack of decisional capacity, but those diagnoses alone are not cause for the guardianship. The laws of the State in which the ward resides must be reviewed to learn the specifics governing the definition of an incapacitate.

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1. What is a Guardian?
2. Who may have a Guardian appointed to manage his/her affairs?
3. How does one assess that a person may be in need of a Guardian?
4. What are the steps of the Guardianship process?
5. Can Guardianship be used in the case of an emergency?
6. Are Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Surrogate Decision Makers other alternatives to Guardianship?
7. Who can act as a guardian?
8. What are the different types of guardianship available?
9. How long does the Guardianship process take?
10. Does guardianship ever end?