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The Guardianship section of FindLaw's Family Law Center provides facts, forms, and FAQs regarding legal guardianship. Review the links below for in-depth information on laws of guardianship, when a guardian may be necessary, the process of appointing a guardian, and the differences between guardianship of a child and an incapacitated person. There are also lists of the documents and forms needed to create a guardianship.

What Is a Legal Guardianship?

A guardianship is a legal relationship established by the courts to allow someone (a guardian) to make decisions on behalf of another (a ward). They do so because the ward is unable to make important decisions for themselves, either because they are underage or because they are not physically or cognitively competent.

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