A guardian can only do what the Court gave the guardian power to do. The Court should give the guardian only those powers which the ward cannot handle for him or herself. The guardian should always try to protect the ward’s personal freedom.
If the Court ordered a “total guardianship,” the guardian has all the powers listed here:
- General supervision, including deciding where the ward lives
- Approving contracts
- Buying and selling property
- General supervision over the ward’s finances
- Medical decisions, including consent to surgery and other medical procedures
- Legal decisions, including suing and defending lawsuits on the ward’s behalf
If the Court ordered a “limited guardianship,” the guardian only has those powers that the Judge listed.