Ch. 3 - Q4: What are the powers of a guardian?

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Ch. 3 - Q4: What are the powers of a guardian?

A4:         Guardians have the power to care for their ward to the extent that the court allows them to do so.  The Court will order the guardian to have the authority to meet the specific needs of the ward.  Guardians are in a position of trust and must act in their best interests.  A guardian with full authority has the power to:

  1. Establish where the ward will live, within the state or elsewhere with court’s permission;
  2. Arrange for the ward’s medical care;
  3. Take care of the ward’s personal effects (clothing, furniture, vehicles, personal items, etc.);
  4. Give the necessary consent, approval, and releases on behalf of the ward;
  5. Arrange for training, education, or other habilitating services for the ward;
  6. Apply for private or governmental benefits that the ward is entitled to receive;
  7. Take the necessary steps to ensure that anyone required to help support the ward does so;
  8. Enter into contractual arrangements on behalf of the ward, if no conservator is appointed;
  9. Receive money and tangible property on behalf of the ward and use these funds for the ward’s room and board, medical care, personal effects, training, education, and services;       
  10. Utilize any other power the court may delegate.

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 30-2620(a)§ 30-2628(1)-(3)