A former education administrator, Barbara Katsos is currently a resident of New York and a practicing lawyer. As the owner of the Law Offices of Barbara Katsos in New York, NY, Ms. Katsos specializes in real estate and estate planning legal services, such as guardianship.
Guardianship refers to a legally defined relationship between one individual, known as a guardian, and another, known as a ward. Guardians are authorized to make decisions for the ward, who can be a minor or an adult.
The guardianship process is used when an individual is unable to make sound decisions for himself. This can be due to age-related conditions, drug or alcohol abuse, mental impairments, and physical disabilities, among others. Common forms of guardianship include:
– Full guardianship: the guardian is authorized to make all decisions for the ward. Any individual eighteen years of age or older can serve as a guardian.
– Limited guardianship: the ward retains a limited amount of control in decision-making. This form is often used when a ward struggles to make decisions in certain areas of life, but does well in other areas.
– Conservatorship: a form of guardianship that requires greater reporting to the court. Conservatorship is often used to manage the estate of a ward, and can be used in conjunction with a guardian.