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If you have been appointed a guardian of the person or a guardian of the estate of someone who is incapable of handling his or her personal or financial affairs, then you have been given a very important responsibility and your responsibilities will require a large commitment from you.

As a guardian of the person, your main responsibilities are to decide where the ward will live and to arrange for the ward’s meals, transportation, personal care, and recreation.

If you were appointed as a guardian of the estate, your responsibility will be to take control over the ward’s property, to establish a budget, to pay the ward’s debts and expenses when they are due, to properly invest the ward’s property, and to report to the court about activities involving the ward’s estate.

All guardians are under the court’s supervision, and it is the court’s responsibility to ensure that guardians act honestly and responsibly in the ward’s best interests. Court officers actually review all files produced by guardians to ensure that accountings are filed and they review all accountings for accuracy.

A guardian’s responsibilities are vast and under strict direction of the court; therefore, your attorney plays a key role in the guardianship system. It’s important to discuss any questions that you have with your guardianship lawyer and not with court personnel since court personnel are not permitted to give any legal advice. Subject to court approval, you may be able to pay your attorney through guardianship funds for helping you with matters involving your appointment, preparing inventories and accountings etc.

Your responsibilities as a guardian will be determined by the needs of your ward and so will your level of involvement. It is a good idea to discuss your decisions with your ward before acting if possible and it’s also recommended that you select alternatives that preserve the personal independence, dignity, and lifestyle of your ward to the greatest extent possible and that is consistent with your court-appointed responsibilities as a guardian.

In your capacity as a guardian, final authority to make decisions will rest with you and subject to the court’s approval in certain instances. You should always make it a practice to discuss all major issues and concerns with your attorney, the ward, and where appropriate, other family members. Often times disputes are brought before the court mainly because of the guardian’s failure to discuss important issues with interested parties. In such cases, a great deal of inconvenience can be spared by spending a few minutes consulting with your attorney or talking with the ward’s family members before taking action.

For more information on a Nevada guardianship, please contact a Las Vegas guardianship attorney from The Law Offices of Brian C. Tanko.

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