Responsibilities of a Legal Guardian for Seniors

Legal Guardian for Seniors in PAWhen we think of the term “guardianship,” we typically picture someone tasked with caring for a child.

But what happens when an adult needs a guardian? It’s the type of question an elder law attorney in Bucks County is often asked.

So, let’s look at why an adult – especially a senior citizen – might need a guardian – and what that person’s duties could entail.

Why are guardians necessary?

Guardians are appointed when someone is no longer able to communicate their decisions or receive and decipher information.

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The Basics of Guardianship

Guardianship is a legal tool that grants a parent or other adult the authority to make legal decisions for a child or legally disabled adult.

There are different types of guardianship:

  • Guardianship of Estate – where the guardian is responsible for financial and estate matters only
  • Guardianship of Person –  where the guardian is responsible for non-financial decision making
  • Plenary Guardianship of Person and Estate – which entails full guardianship of person and estate

Each type of guardianship can also be in the form of limited guardianship which means the court can choose to let an incapacitated person retain any rights he/she is capable of exercising on his/her own. There is also something called co-guardianship which can be of person, estate or both when two people share the decision making responsibility equally. Continue Reading The Basics of Guardianship