A guardianship is a legal relationship wherein the Probate Court appoints a person (a guardian) to make certain decisions for another person (a ward) proven to need such assistance. The decision-making power removed from a person should be as limited as possible. Under Georgia law, a guardianship shall be "designed to encourage the development of maximum self-reliance and independence in the [person] and shall be ordered only to the extent necessitated by the person's actual and adaptive limitations" (O.C.G.A. 29-5-7(h)).
A guardianship can be created on an emergency basis, and it can be temporary (limited in duration) or permanent. Guardianships can be limited in scope, removing as few rights as necessary.
A guardianship is of the person and a conservatorship is of the property. Visit the Conservatorship page to learn more.
Decision-Making Rights A guardianship can take away a person's rights to: