Guardianships

Photo of mother and daugtherAs a guardian, you are lawfully invested with the power, and charged with the duty, to take care of the affairs of someone else. It is up to you to manage the property and rights of that person who, whether by age or mental incapacity, is incapable of doing so himself.

The most common guardianships are:

  1. Guardian of the Person: Grants the guardian the authority to make all of the day-to-day decisions of a personal nature on behalf of the ward. This include living arrangements, medical care, food and clothing.
  2. Guardian of the Estate: Grants the guardian the authority to make all financial decisions for the ward.

Both these guardianships can be held by one person, or separately by two persons. Under the Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 2111, guardians are appointed and serve under the supervision of the County Probate Court.

Commonly used alternatives to guardianships:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Conservatorships
  • Representative Payees
  • Trusts

If you need assistance with a guardianship or have addition questions, the experienced attorneys at Sitterley, Vandervoort & Davis Ltd. can help.

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