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A guardian is someone who is appointed by the court to take care of another person. The person being taken care of is called the ward. The ward can be either a minor child or an adult.
In Michigan, the guardian only takes care of the person. By “the person” I mean the guardian is given authority over deciding the ward’s medical care, living arrangements, and the like. It does not include taking care of the ward’s financial needs. For that you need to be either the conservator, who is appointed by the court, or become the alternate payee of the ward’s Social Security income.
In Indiana, the court makes a distinction between guardian over the person and guardian over the estate. A guardian over the person has all the same authority as a Michigan guardian. Namely, taking care of the ward's medical care, living arrangements, and the like. A guardian over the estate has the same authority as a Michigan conservator. That is, taking care of the ward’s financial needs. Different terms, same authority.
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