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Guardianship System Needs Fixing, Report Concludes

The Senate Special Committee on Aging hold’s annual hearings on the nation’s guardianship system in July. The special Committee will then issue a report around September. In 2018 testimony centered around the how state systems can be improved to better protect individuals subject to these and similar arrangements from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.  The bipartisan report addresses

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Guardianship and Conservatorship

Every adult is assumed to be capable of making his or her own decisions unless a court determines otherwise. If an adult becomes incapable of making responsible decisions due to a mental disability, the court will appoint a substitute decision maker, often called a “guardian,” but in some states called a “conservator” or other term.

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