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Tessmer Tips – Guardianship

Do you have a child with special needs?  Perhaps you are the child of a parent suffering from dementia or a debilitating illness?  It is important to take care of our loved ones when they cannot take care of themselves.  In these situations, legal guardianship may be necessary.  This week, we bring you tips and advice on the subject of Guardianship.


Guardianship is when a person is given the legal right to be responsible for the welfare of an individual who is either partially or fully unable to provide care for themselves. These responsibilities include food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities.


A guardian is typically appointed to a child, but can also be appointed for adults in some situations as well. Adults who are mentally or physically impaired to the point that they cannot provide care for themselves- or when attempting to care for themselves would pose a danger- may be appointed a legal guardian if there is not already someone to care for them.