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What are the responsibilities of a guardian?

| Feb 21, 2020 | Firm News |

You may find yourself in a situation where the court appoints you as a guardian for someone else. This might happen when an adult can no longer take care of him or herself or for minor children whose parents can no longer take care of them. In either case, there are specific duties and responsibilities that you have in this role. It is a very serious role that the court monitors, so knowing what you must do is essential. 

According to the Oregon State Bar, you must attend a guardianship class once the court appoints you. You have 60 days to take the class and 15 days in which to sign up after your appointment. Classes are online or in person, whichever works best for you. 

Your general duties while acting as a guardian include managing the finances of the person, which means being responsible with his or her money and only spending it on his or her care and needs. You also will manage his or her healthcare needs. You will ensure he or she has a place to live that is safe and stable. You also have to manage his or her care. This means making sure daily needs and comfort is a top priority. You are looking out for his or her well-being. 

You will receive a detailed letter that outlines your responsibilities after your appointment as the guardian. This is specific to your case and you should review it carefully. If you have any questions, you should seek clarification to avoid a misunderstanding that could cause you legal issues later on.