The decision to seek guardianship of an adult is important. It impacts the lives of the person who needs extra care and their guardian.

A guardian might be necessary when someone cannot manage their business, financial or legal matters. Parents act as the guardian of their children until they are 18. Once they reach that age, the probate court can appoint a guardian.

There are several types of guardianship. Each carries different responsibilities. The guardian helps manage specific areas of a person’s life. Understanding these will make the decision and transition easier for everyone involved.

Understanding the types of guardianship is important

The person who needs guardianship (the ward) loses their right to act on their own behalf. It is important to understand the types of guardianships allowed in Ohio, They are:

  • Co-guardianship. This is when the court appoints two people to make decisions.
  • Emergency guardianship. A guardian can be appointed to prevent damage to the estate or to the ward. This can last up to 72 hours. There must be a good cause. The guardianship can be extended up to 30 days.
  • The estate. The guardian may make all financial decisions.
  • I When a guardian quits or is removed and immediate attention is needed, an interim can be appointed.
  • Limited guardianship. This is guidance for one part of the ward’s life.
  • The Person. The day-to-day decisions (except financial decisions) are handed over to the guardian.
  • Person and the estate. This includes the authority to make almost all decisions.

Acting on someone’s behalf is often necessary

The appointment can take time with complications. The court determines if the ward is incapable of caring for themselves or their property. Understanding the differences and responsibilities can make your decision easier.