Guardianship

What is a Guardian?

A guardian is someone chosen by a court to be legally in charge for another person.

When will a Guardian be chosen?

A court will choose a guardian for someone who can no longer make safe choices by themselves. This is usually due to legal or mental incapacity. In certain situations a minor may also have a guardian chosen for them.

How do I get a Guardianship?

Only a court can choose a guardian. The court that chooses a guardian is your local court. This could differ based on where you live. Call your local court, a local lawyer, or local legal aid service for more information. Or, visit Guardianship Guide to learn more.

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