February 28, 2017

The ABA releases highly anticipated book on how to carry out a guardianship role

CHICAGO, Feb. 28, 2017 — Serving as a guardian to make major life decisions for another is never easy. Now there is a new book that provides a road map to help make the process less stressful.

Fundamentals of Guardianship is a basic manual that guides the new guardian step-by-step through the process of how to make responsible and ethical decisions, prudently manage another’s resources, avoid conflicts of interest and involve the person under guardianship in the decision process.

Fundamentals of Guardianship is the authoritative resource written by guardians with decades of experience and is a joint partnership with the National Guardianship Association.

The book is a much-needed resource at a time when between 1 and 2 million adults are under court-supervised guardianship, according to the National Center for State Courts. Many of the guardians, often family members or friends, are not equipped to handle the responsibilities associated with caring for another’s business, medical or personal affairs.

The guide is helpful to those who have been appointed as guardian or conservator, whether lawyer, family member, friend, volunteer, or public or private entity. It also provides guidance for those who serve vulnerable adults, including judges, court administrators, law enforcement officials, adult protective services, social workers, health care providers, case managers, residential care administrators, long-term care ombudsmen, financial institutions and financial advisors.

Title:                            Fundamentals of Guardianship

Publisher:                    ABA Publishing

Pages:                         168          
Product Code:             5460220

ISBN:                  
         978-1-63425-721-3
Size:                            7x10  
Binding:                      Paperback
Price:                           $24.95
Orders:                        Order the book at www.ShopABA.org or call 800-285-2221.

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by emailing Althea A. Billins at Althea.Billins@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Althea A. Billins, c/o ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., 20th floor, Chicago, IL 60654.

About the National Guardianship Association

The National Guardianship Association’s mission is to advance the nationally recognized standard of excellence in guardianship.  NGA represents more than 1,000 guardians, conservators, professionals, volunteers, family guardians and fiduciaries from across the United States who share the association’s vision.  NGA seeks to protect incapacitated adults by ensuring that their guardians receive quality education and is recognized as the leading national resource for professional development.  For more information on NGA visit www.guardianship.org .

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