At some point in an individual’s life, it may be difficult for them to manage their own affairs. In order to ensure that all matters are handled, loved ones will often step in to offer help. Many families choose to appoint a guardian to an individual who needs assistance with their affairs, whether they are an incapacitated adult or a minor child with disabilities. The state of New Jersey offers a number of different types of guardianships. Of course, it is best to consult with an attorney when making the decision to appoint a guardian to a “ward,” which is the person who requires care.
A guardian is typically responsible for ensuring that the individual has all of their basic needs met, including their living arrangements, medical care, and finances. They must act in the best interests of the individual and they are often supervised by the court to ensure that they are doing so.
The four most common types of guardianship in New Jersey include the following:
- General guardianship, which allows the power to make complete decisions in all areas of the individual’s life.
- Limited guardianship, which only allows the guardian certain powers that are determined by the court.
- Guardianship of the property, which allows the guardian to manage bank accounts or paying bills for the incapacitated party.
- Guardianship of the person, which allows the guardian to make decisions regarding the ward’s medical care, living arrangements, and other aspects of their everyday life.
If you have questions about guardianship in New Jersey, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney. Contact our firm today.
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