When one is given guardianship, a court grants a person temporary or permanent custody over a minor or otherwise incapacitated individual. A “guardian” is a person (or persons) who is appointed by the court to have the care and custody of the person, or estate, or both, of an “incapacitated” person. Click here to learn about the differences between "custody" and guardianship.
Guardians are frequently related to the child, or incapacitated adult; however, a biological relationship is not a legal requirement.
In order to be a guardian in Arkansas, you must: (1) be a resident of the state of Arkansas; (2) be eighteen years of age; (3) be of sound mind; and (4) not be a convicted or unpardoned felon. A non-resident can be appointed as the guardian over an Arkansas resident but must be able to post bond.
Guardianship can be an important and powerful tool for making sure your loved ones are properly cared for.
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