WHAT IS GUARDIANSHIP?:
Guardianship, also, referred to as conservatorship, is a legal process, utilized when a person can no longer make or communicate safe or sound decisions about his/her person and/or property or has become susceptible to fraud or undue influence. Because establishing a guardianship may remove considerable rights from an individual, it should only be considered after alternatives to guardianship have proven ineffective or are unavailable.
WHEN IS GUARDIANSHIP NEEDED?:
Normally, parents have the legal right to make decisions for their children, and adults have the legal right to make decisions for themselves. Sometimes this is not possible, and someone else needs to step in to take care of a child or an adult.
A general guardianship is of the ward and/or all of the ward’s property in Oklahoma.
Limited guardianship has limited powers over the ward and/or the ward’s property.
Special guardianship is when a guardian is appointed for an emergency purpose and usually lasts for no more than 10 days.