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What is a guardian of property?

A guardian of property is someone the court names to manage money and property for someone else whom the court has found cannot manage their money and property alone.

A court can name a guardian or conservator to manage your money and property if the court decides that you can’t manage your money by yourself – and you don’t have a power of attorney in place.

A court can name different people to make financial and health care decisions or give both roles to the same guardian. As a guardian of property or guardian of the person, you are a fiduciary.

If you have been named a guardian of property or a guardian of the person and need more information about your duties, read this guide on managing someone else’s money.