A Guardian is someone appointed by the Court to manage the health and/or financial affairs of the Incapacitated Person. A Guardian may be appointed on an emergency basis, for a specified period of time, or for an indefinite basis. A Guardian may be a friend or family member, a professional Guardian or an attorney.
A Final Decree may appoint one person as Guardian of the Person and another person as Guardian of the Estate of the Incapacitated Person, or may appoint one person to serve in both roles. The Court may also appoint co-Guardians of the Person or Estate. The Guardian of the Estate generally handles financial affairs while the Guardian of the Person handles health and life decisions.
The role of either Guardian is to represent the rights and best interests of the Incapacitated Person. The Guardian should honor the expressed wishes and preferences of the Incapacitated Person to the greatest extent possible. The Guardian must always act in the best interests of the Incapacitated Person.