Guardianship is a legal process that grants the guardian authority to care for, and to make decisions on behalf of, an Incapacitated Person. 

An Incapacitated Person is a person with a clinically diagnosed condition that leaves them unable to make or communicate decisions affecting their physical health, safety, or self-care.  

The Probate and Family Court may appoint someone, called a guardian, to make some or all decisions for the Incapacitated Person. The person asking to be named guardian is called the Petitioner; the person believed to be incapacitated is called the Respondent.

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