A guardianship is a court approved arrangement that is helpful when a person becomes incapacitated or incompetent and cannot manage their own financial or personal affairs. When a parent suffers from a form of dementia or a child encounters a debilitating drug problem, it may be in their best interest for someone to step in and become their guardian. A guardian is often a family member or trusted friend of the family. They are charged with protecting the best interest of the person they are appointed to.

In North Carolina there are 3 types of guardians:

1. Guardian of the Person: This person makes decisions about the appointee’s personal matters and health care, but does not handle, or direct any finances.

2. Guardian of the Estate: This person handles the appointee’s estate, to include finances, but cannot make decisions about personal matters and health care.

3. General Guardian: The general guardian is someone who has the authority to make both personal decisions for and handle the finances of the appointee.

If you would like to learn more about guardianships, contact us or call 336-283-4848.