Guardianships of Adults
A guardianship is a formal relationship that helps people make decisions. Guardians are appointed by a court to assist certain individuals living with disabilities, mental illness, or dementia.
The guardian is the person who assists and advocates for the individual for whom the guardianship is created. A guardian uses a supported decision-making process, which takes into account the individual's unique needs and preferences.
A guardianship for an adult is established only when a less formal alternative to guardianship is not available or not practical.
Guardianships of Minors
Guardians may also be appointed for individuals under eighteen years of age solely because of the individual's age.