In Ohio, a guardianship is an involuntary proceeding where a family member or other concerned person asks a Probate Court to protect someone who appears to be incompetent. Probate Court can appoint a guardian for a minor or adult (called a ward) who is not able to manage his or her own affairs because of young age, advanced age, substance abuse, or physical or mental disability.
Learn more about the definitions of "guardian" and "ward", the responsibilities of a guardian, the rights of a ward, when a guardianship is necessary, and what to do when a ward disagrees with a guardian or no longer needs a guardian in this bilingual brochure published by Legal Aid.
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