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Definition of Guardian

The guardian is the person appointed by a will or the court to assume responsibility for a minor child or an incapacitated or low functioning adult. A guardianship gives the guardian the legal right to provide the necessities for another person. Guardianship may include providing food, housing, healthcare or managing the financial affairs for another person.

General duties for the guardian may include evaluating the status of real and tangible property and whether they should be bought, sold or held, paying the ward's bills, filing all necessary tax returns, and deciding who should take care of the ward or minor child. The guardian can also ensure the ward has adequate medical care.

For a minor child the guardian will need to terminate the guardianship at the proper age. The guardian must also file annual accounting plans and detailed information about how the assets and monies have been managed throughout the year.

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