What is the difference between a full guardian and a limited guardian?

A full guardian is appointed when the incapacitated person requires assistance in all activities of daily living. For example, a person who has suffered a significant stroke or an elderly individual with advanced dementia may need a full guardian. However, where possible, probate courts prefer to appoint a limited guardian. A limited guardian is appointed when the incapacitated person requires assistance in one or more areas but can still make decisions in others. For example, an elderly person with mild to moderate dementia may need a guardian for medical and placement decisions. However, the person may still be able to make decisions regarding day-to-day activities. The probate court can change guardianship from limited to full guardianship as the incapacitated person’s needs change.

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