Guardianship Responsibilities to the Ward

Published 2011

Guardianship is a court-appointed relationship granting the Guardian certain powers and duties. Guardians have many and ongoing responsibilities both to the Ward and to the court.

An effective Guardian must know his or her Ward's desires and preferences to effectively advocate for the Ward. Regular contact with the Ward and others involved is needed.

A Guardian must advocate for the Ward by ensuring the Ward's personal and financial interests are protected. The Guardian must be respectful of the Ward and include the Ward in decision making when possible.

Information regarding the Ward is confidential. The Guardian is responsible for authorizing any release of information that could be considered protected.

The Guardian supports the Ward in exercising personal preference. The Guardian must maintain relationships with professionals and service providers. The need for a Guardian should be reassessed regularly.

Publication Details


Eileen M Krumbach

John D. DeFrain

Bruce Cudly

Dina Rathje

Carol Lieske

Rene Ferdinand

Mary Evans

Mary Gordon


Youth & Families


Publication Date November 01, 2005
Last Revision Date November 28, 2011
Language English


Series NebGuide