Guardian

A court-appointed individual or agency in charge of the care and custody of the person of a minor or of an incapacitated person.

Guardianship

A legal process involving the Probate Court in which one person (ward) has been found by the judge to be incapacitated or disabled to such an extent he cannot manage his or her physical well-being. The guardian is responsible for taking care of the ward. The court appoints the guardian through a hearing.

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