Guardianship

Simplified definition

A measure in which a person is given legal authority to take care of someone and manage their resources and activities.

Source : Houria Aiouaz 

Referenced definition

“A legal relationship created by a court between a guardian and a ward–either a minor child or an incapacitated adult […].”

Source: Irving S, Michon KA. Nolo’s Encyclopedia of Everyday Law: Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions, 8th Edition. Nolo; 2011.

Context

Guardianship is rarely needed in situations where someone has Alzheimer’s disease if there are supports available and the person is not resisting help. There are many ways to ensure that someone with dementia has their needs met without the use of guardianship.”

Source: Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin. Guardianship & older adults: myths & facts. [Internet]. Nov 2018 [cited on Sept 7, 2022].

Note

  • The person is assisted by a curator, who becomes a legal representative.

Synonym(s)

Conservatorship

Geographic variant(s)

Deputyship (UK)

Guardianship : RELATED DEFINITIONS

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