Appointment of a Rhode Island Guardian
Guardians are often appointed by a court but can also be designated in a Will or Trust.
The voluntary designation of a Guardian, however, must occur before the onset of mental illness or psychological or physical incapacity.
Certain court-appointed guardianships are intended to be temporary in nature. For example, a person may designate a Guardian to serve in that role while undergoing certain medical treatments or while suffering from a treatable illness.
Each state has its own set of statutes regarding guardianship, including those that set forth who may be and may not be appointed to serve as a Guardian.