What is a Guardian?
Guardianship is the legal process of assisting a person, whose mental disability has incapacitated them, making it impossible for them to make decisions for herself/himself regarding personal affairs (such as place of residence and medical care). When a person has been adjudged by the Probate Court to be mentally incapacitated and incapable of making informed decisions without the risk of harm, then a guardian may be appointed. A person under guardianship is known as a ward.
Or simply: A person appointed by the court to be responsible for the care, treatment, habilitation, support and maintenance of an incapacitated person.
Brief Overview of the Statutory Responsibilities of the Guardian (RSMo 475.120)
The guardian has the statutory duty to provide for the ward's care, treatment, habilitation, education, support and maintenance and the powers and duties shall include the following:
1. Assuring that the ward resides in the best and least restrictive environment reasonably available.
2. Assuring that the ward receives medical care and other services that are needed.
3. Promoting and protecting the care, comfort, safety, health and welfare of the ward.
4. Providing required consents on behalf of the ward, particularly medical (guardians must be on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week).
A Status of the Ward Report must be filed annually in the Probate Court concerning the care, placement and condition of the ward as well as the number and nature of personal contacts.
Responsibilities of Public Administrator
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