A guardian is someone who is chosen — either by a court or by being named in a legal document such as a will — to make decisions for someone (generally referred to as the “ward”) who cannot make decisions for him or herself.

The types of decisions that a guardian might make include::

  • Giving consent to medical care or treatment;
  • Purchasing or arranging for purchase of such necessities as food, clothes, cars, household items, and other personal items;
  • Arranging for education; and
  • Managing finances and bank accounts.