A guardianship may be appropriate for an adult who is not capable of taking care of his or her financial affairs and/or personal well-being. A person may select a guardian prior to having a need for one by completing a Declaration of Pre-Need Guardian. An attorney normally assists in preparing this form. Guardianship cases are generally established when:
- Someone is declared incompetent or incapacitated.
- A guardianship is required for a minor who is the recipient of a court settlement over $15,000.
- A minor has inherited money or real property.
- There is a need by a parent to have a guardian appointed because the parent is not going to be available for a period of time, such as a mother going into the military.
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