What does guardianship mean?

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What does guardianship mean?

Asked on September 13, 2012 under Family Law, Colorado

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

"Guardianship" can mean different things in different situations.  Generally it refers to a relationship between an individual (or individuals) appointed by a court to care for a party under 18 years old (a minor).  In some instances it can mean a person over 18 as well (but many states refer to those appointed as "conservators".)  Guardians can either be in charge of the "person" or the "estate" or both. The "person" means making decisions that have to do with the parties personal care, medical treatment, etc.  The "estate" means the money.  Good luck.




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