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The Law on Guardianship in Georgia

Authored By: Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services

You can have a guardian or conservator appointed to help make decisions for an adult who is physically or mentally unable to communicate significant decisions about his or her life. What is Guardianship? A guardianship is a probate court appointment of guardian to make decisions for an adult who has lost sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning his or her health or safety. The power of a guardian over the person of his ward is like that of the parent over his child, but only to the extent necessary for the adult’s actual limitations and in the least restrictive manner possible while observing that adult’s individual rights and dignity. What is Conservatorship? It is a designation based upon the same principle as in #1 above except the adult has lost sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning “the management of his or her property”.

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Last Review and Update: Jan 28, 2015