Published by the Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association in conjunction with the National Guardianship Association, The Fundamentals of Guardianship: What Every Guardian Should Know provides family, professional, and public guardians and conservators with a concise guide of the duties and responsibilities incumbent with these positions. As the title suggests, this book provides a good overview of the guardianship process and all that it entails. You will learn about the different types of guardianships, some less-restrictive alternatives to guardianship, the rights affected by the appointment of a guardian, and the guardian’s role and fiduciary duties, including the the responsibilities and duties of those who are guardians of the estate and of those who are guardians of the person.
Sadly, abuse, neglect, and exploitation are realities in the lives of so many vulnerable people. Thus, it is important for guardians to be able to recognize evidence of such behavior and what to do about it. In the event of a change in the person’s status, the guardian must know the steps to take to terminate or modify the guardianship. A chapter is devoted to this topic. Additionally, the resource materials in the back of the book, including checklists and sample worksheets and inventories, are especially helpful. These resources include checklists and sample worksheets and inventories.
The Fundamentals of Guardianship: What Every Guardian Should Know contains a wealth of information for the novice guardian or someone who needs a refresher on the rights and responsibilities that come with a guardianship.