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- Created 2012-02-17
is a person who has the legal authority (and the corresponding duty) to care for the personal and
interests of another person, called a
. Usually, a person has the status of guardian because the ward is incapable of caring for his or her own interests due to
. Most countries and states have laws that provide that the
s of a
child are the legal guardians of that child, and that the parents can designate who shall become the child's legal guardian in the event of death.
s generally have the power to appoint a guardian for an individual in need of special protection. A guardian with responsibility for both the personal well-being and the financial interests of the ward is a
. A person may also be appointed as a
, having limited powers over the interests of the ward. A special guardian may, for example, be given the legal right to determine the disposition of the ward's property without being given any authority over the ward's person. A guardian appointed to represent the interests of a person with respect to a single action in
is a guardian
Some jurisdictions allow a parent of a child to exercise the authority of a legal guardian without a formal court appointment. In such circumstances the parent acting in that capacity is called the natural guardian of that parent's child.
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National Guardianship Association (USA)
Mental Capacity Act 2005 (England and Wales)
National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse (NASGA)
German guardianship law (english translation)
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