Age, disease, or an accident may deprive a person of the capability to care for one’s personal and/or financial needs. In some cases, guardianships can serve as a "last resort" option if alternative approaches will not suffice. At Davidson Law Group, our guardianship attorneys are compassionate and experienced advocates for our clients and their families.

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Guardianship of a Person

A Guardian of the Person may be appointed by the court to take care of the physical well-being of a ward.

A guardian of the person has:

  • the right to have physical possession of the ward and to establish the ward’s legal domicile;
  • the duty to provide care, supervision, and protection for the ward;
  • the duty to provide the ward with clothing, food, medical care, and shelter;
  • the power to consent to medical, psychiatric, and surgical treatment other than the inpatient psychiatric commitment of the ward;
  • upon application to and order of the court, the power to establish a Qualified Income Trust.

Guardianship of an Estate

A Guardian of the Estate may be appointed by the court to manage the financial affairs of the ward.

A guardian of the estate has the authority to:

  • Pay the ward’s bills;
  • Invest the ward’s money;
  • The right to sign contracts on behalf of the ward;
  • The right to apply for government benefits such as Medicaid;
  • The right to file a lawsuit on behalf of the ward;
  • Buy or sell property on behalf of the ward.

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