Business / Taxes / Guardian: A guardian is someone you designate to be legally responsible for your minor children or other dependents who are unable to take care of themselves if you are unavailable to provide for their care. You may name the guardian in your will or while you are still alive. In most cases, a guardian makes both personal and financial decisions for his or her ward. However, you may name two guardians with different areas of responsibility — perhaps one for financial matters if you have a substantial estate. If you become disabled or otherwise unable to manage your own affairs, the appropriate court in your state may name a guardian to manage your affairs.

Other Words for Guardian

Guardian Noun Synonyms: protector, defender, paladin, champion, trustee, custodian, keeper, preserver

Guardian ad Litem

Life Style / Adoption / Guardian ad Litem: A lawyer or lay person who represents a child in juvenile or family court. Usually this person considers the 'best interest' of the child and may perform a variety of roles, including those of indepen MORE

Legal Guardian

Life Style / Adoption / Legal Guardian: Any person who can make legal decisions for a minor child. MORE

Legal Custody

Life Style / Adoption / Legal Custody: Restraint of or responsibility for a person according to law, such as a guardian's authority (conferred by the court) over the person or property (or both) of his ward. MORE