Aging and Adult Services Guardianship Services Policy and Procedures Manual
Guardianship involves the provision of services to individuals who are alleged to be
incompetent and their families. It includes legal proceedings in which an adult is
declared incompetent by the court and another party is given responsibility for duties
relative to the adult’s personal affairs and/or property. The nature and scope of a
guardian’s responsibility are determined by the court, based on applicable provisions of
the law and the circumstances of the individual case. Guardianship ends with the death
of the incompetent adult or with a judicial restoration of the adult’s competency.