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Definition: Guardianship

Quick Summary of Guardianship

A legal relationship created by a court between a guardian and his ward–either a minor child or an incapacitated adult. The guardian has a legal right and duty to care for the ward. This may involve making personal decisions on his or her behalf, managing property or both. Guardianships of incapacitated adults are more typically called conservatorships.

What is the dictionary definition of Guardianship?

Dictionary Definition

The office or position of one acting as a guardian or conservator, especially in a legal capacity.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Guardianship are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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