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Elder Abuse pp 363-386 | Cite as

Guardianship Systems

  • Erica WoodEmail author
  • Mary Joy Quinn
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Abstract

Adult guardianship is a relationship created by state law in which a court appoints a person or entity (the guardian) to assume the duty and power to make personal and/or property decisions for another adult based on evidence, that the person is unable to do so. Guardianship is truly a double-edged sword in that it can be both a solution for, and a source of, elder abuse. Guardians may be appointed by the court to protect against abuse, neglect, or exploitation—and most do so, under the court’s supervision. However, some guardians may take advantage of their position of trust to use the person’s funds for their own benefit instead of for the care of the individual. This chapter gives an overview of adult guardianship in the United States, discusses less restrictive options for decision-making, and describes procedural protections in the appointment of a guardian. The chapter also summarizes the roles and duties of guardians, as well as the monitoring steps a court may take to ensure accountability when fundamental rights and financial resources are transferred to guardians.

Keywords

Guardian Guardianship Conservator Conservatorship Incapacity Decision-making Court 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American Bar Association Commission on Law and AgingWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.San Francisco Superior Court San FranciscoCaliforniaUSA

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