The National Guardianship Association defines "guardianship," also referred to as "conservatorship," as "a legal process, utilized when a person can no longer make or communicate safe or sound decisions about his/her person and/or property or has become susceptible to fraud or undue influence. Because establishing a guardianship may remove considerable rights from an individual, it should only be considered after alternatives to guardianship have proven ineffective or are unavailable."
The ABA Seniors Lawyers Division, in conjunction with the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, presents a podcast series exploring guardianship issues and how lawyers may guide clients facing the question of guardianship.
Episode 1: The Real World Response to "I Care a Lot"
The Netflix movie, "I Care a Lot" has brought questions about extravagant and potentially illegal actions of guardians to public consciousness during the spring of 2021. Learn more about what guardians can do, what they cannot do, and where Hollywood scriptwriters got guardianship all wrong.