A legal guardian is a person who has the legal authority to care for another person, known as a ward. Guardians are typically appointed by a court, and they are responsible for making major decisions on behalf of their ward. This can include decisions about education, medical care, and financial matters. In some cases, a guardian may also be responsible for providing day-to-day care for their ward. Guardianship arrangements are often put in place when a child's parents are unable to care for them, but they can also be used to protect adults with developmental disabilities or mental illness. The exact nature of a guardian's role will vary depending on the needs of the ward and the wishes of the court.
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