If the court names you the guardian of another person, whether an adult or child, it is a huge responsibility. You become the person who must take care of that person’s best interests. You must look out for him or her and do everything possible to ensure he or she has a good life. You may do a range of different things, such as manage money and assets or handle everyday care. It is important to know what you can and cannot do as a guardian to avoid legal issues.
The Colorado Judicial Branch explains that it is essential to understand and follow your guardianship order from the court. You need to know exactly what the order allows you to do and what it does not allow you to do. For example, you may not be able to handle health care decisions for the person unless the court order specifically says you have that right.
You also need to handle money carefully. Never commingle your finances with that of your ward. You need to manage his or her finances separately and keep them in their own account. It is also important to keep good records of any money you spend on his or her behalf. Always get receipts so you have proof of what you spent and on what.
You also need to stick to the reporting requirements. The court may set a schedule for you to follow. Never miss an appointment with anyone from the court. Make sure to keep the court updated on any changes, such as if you move.