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What are the disadvantages and advantages of a guardianship?

By March 16, 2015

A primary disadvantage to a guardianship is that it is a public proceeding, thereby exposing the incapacitated individual to embarrassment as the details of their incapacity are discussed at length. It is also expensive, and is a restrictive procedure. In addition, there is no guarantee that the end result will be in accordance with the incapacitated person’s wishes, and someone unacceptable to the incapacitated person could be placed in charge of his or her affairs. A major advantage to a guardianship is that the courts watch every move the guardian makes in relation to the assets. Some feel this provides increased protection as well as establishing the authority of a guardian as third parties must deal with the guardian due to the court’s supervision.