A legal guardian is a person who has the legal authority (and the corresponding duty) to care for the personal and property interests of another person, called a protected person.
Usually, a person has the status of guardian because the ward is incapable of caring for his or her own interests due to incapacity or disability.
Plenary guardianship generally means that the court has given full authority to make all medical, placement, and financial decisions. The court does, however, stipulate the authority in the court-issued order appointing guardianship.
Treatment guardianship is a limited form of guardianship in which the guardian appointed by the court is given authority to make decisions about psychiatric treatment only.
These types of appointments are limited in scope and time. The appointments can only be done for up to a year at a time. Once the appointment expires, another appointment may be made if it is deemed necessary by the patient's treatment team.
Mental Health Care Providers:
Providers with necessary login credentials may check for currently appointed HGS treatment guardians HERE.
In order to request a treatment guardian, please use the form provided below and fax or securely e-mail it.
A V.A. fiduciary is assigned when a veteran with benefits has been deemed incapacitated and unable to handle their own finances.
A field examiner from the V.A. determines incapacity and contacts the proposed fiduciary.
A court visitor interviews the person seeking appointment as guardian and the alleged incapacitated person. A written report is submitted to the court after evaluating the needs of the alleged incapacitated person.
V.A. FIDUCIARY SERVICES