A person who has been appointed by a court of law to act as decision-maker for an individual deemed unable to make decisions on their own behalf. . Parents of children under 18 are their children’s legally responsible person, unless those rights have been taken away by the court. Once a person turns 18, they legally become their own guardian unless the court deems otherwise and appoints a guardian representative (most often a family member or friend unless there is no one available in which case a public employee is appointed).

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