What is the definition of a Guardian?

A Guardian is an individual who is appointed by the Court to be responsible for the personal affairs of an Incapacitated Adult, including responsibility for making decisions regarding the person’s support, care, health, safety, habilitation, education, therapeutic treatment, and if not inconsistent with an order of commitment, regarding the person’s residence.

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1. What is the definition of an Incapacitated Adult?
2. What is the definition of a Conservator?
3. What is the definition of a Guardian?
4. What is the difference between a Guardian and a Conservator?
5. Can I be appointed as a Conservator even if I have not been appointed as the Incapacitated Adult’s Guardian or vice versa?
6. How do I obtain the legal authority to act as a Conservator or Guardian of an Incapacitated Adult?
7. What is the process to become appointed by the Judge as a Conservator and/or Guardian for an Incapacitated Adult?
8. Now that my Order of Appointment as Conservator and/or Guardian has been signed by the Judge, how do I formally qualify before the Clerk?
9. Is there a deadline to qualify before the Clerk?