A guardian is someone who takes care of a minor child’s needs. This includes making decisions regarding shelter, education, food, and medical care for a minor child. If you are taking care of the child on a long term basis, you may want to consider becoming the child’s guardian. A guardian is appointed by the court. Without guardianship, it may be difficult getting medical care for the child, enrolling him or her in school, or getting assistance from other entities requiring parental permission.
Each state has different rules pertaining to guardianship. An attorney experienced in guardianship matters can explain Minnesota law, review the process, and assess potential hurdles.
If a person becomes incapacitated and lacks sufficient understanding to make decisions regarding one’s care, a guardian can assure that their needs get met including: medical, shelter, educational, etc. Guardianship powers are intended to be granted only to the extent necessary to accomplish what the incapacitated person cannot accomplish independently.