Why are guardians appointed?

A guardian is appointed by the court to oversee the legal and financial affairs (and/or the personal care of a minor, or of an adult who is not able to manage his or her own affairs because of advanced or some other physical or mental disability. A guardianship may be voluntary which means the guardian is appointed at the request of the ward, or it may be involuntary if family members or others ask the court to act to protect someone who appears to be incompetent. Once appointed, a guardian is answerable to the court for providing proper care and management of the ward's affairs in the ward's best interest.