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May 11, 2012
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Tips to understanding a guardian's responsibilities

Last time, I outlined some of the steps to initiating a guardianship when your family member or loved one has reached a point where they can no longer care for themselves, their medical needs, or their finances. But what does it mean to be a guardian? What kinds of legal responsibilities does a guardian have? Who can help you with those responsibilities?

First and foremost, a guardian must act for the best interests of the ward at all times. This means putting the ward's needs first, and putting your needs and interests secondary to the ward's.

This means that a …

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