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guardianship

Guardianship is a legal relationship created when a person or institution named in a will or appointed by the court to take care of minor children or incompetent adults, sometimes called a conservatorship. To become a guardian of the child or the party that intends to be a guardian or other family member, close friend or a local official responsible for the welfare of a minor will appeal to the court to appoint a guardian. Guardianship of minors remains under court supervision until the child reaches the age of 18.