A court-appointed guardian can serve in a variety of capacities. There are two types of guardians: a guardian of the person and a guardian of the estate. A guardian of the person is a person charged with making decisions for another decision with regards to their personal well-being. Such decisions could include issues like medical care, medication issues, ability to choose residence, and other issues affecting an individual’s well-being.
A guardian of the estate is generally charged with making economic decisions for another individual. These decisions could include the sale or lease of property, managing bank accounts, determining whether to pursue legal action with regards to economic claims, and other similar economic issues. A court will specifically enumerate which powers a guardian is allowed to possess and exercise.