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The Caregiver's Journey

Guardianship

If your service member/veteran is severely injured and unable to manage his or her own affairs and property, you may need to be appointed guardianship.

There are three categories of guardians:

  • A Guardian of the Person ensures the physical care and rehabilitation of the disabled individual.
  • A Guardian of the Estate (also called a conservator) manages the financial affairs and property of the disabled person.
  • A Plenary Guardian does both.

Guardianships are covered under state law. To obtain guardianship over your family member with TBI, you will most likely need an attorney to represent you in court.
You will be required to submit periodic reports and a doctor will need to periodically re-certify that the guardianship is still needed.

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