Guardianships & Conservatorships

Becoming a guardian and/or conservator enables a person to be there in a decision-making capacity for  individuals who are incapacitated either through illness or injury, or who have not yet reached legal adult age (18).   Petitioning to become a conservator or guardian in Georgia is a complex process, and no one should go through it alone. 

What is a Guardianship? 

A guardian is granted custody and control over an incapacitated individual by the court. Guardians are responsible for making sure the ward has adequate medical attention, an acceptable place to live, adequate food, etc.

Any “interested person” may file a petition for the appointment of himself or some other qualified person as guardian of an incapacitated person, and if so appointed by the judge, may serve in that capacity. An “interested person” is an individual who has an interest in the welfare of an incapacitated person, and is not himself a minor, ward, or protected person. 

What is a Conservatorship? 

A conservator is granted control over financial matters for an incapacitated individual, such as paying their bills, filing taxes, determining a budget for the ward, taking care of the ward’s investments, etc. A conservator has no authority to make decisions regarding the ward’s personal affairs.

To learn more, check out my white paper, Your Guide to Guardianships and Conservatorships in Georgia.

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