Court Ordered Guardianship is a valuable option for families or friends when they are recognizing that a loved one is unable to provide for their health and welfare. Situations present in which it becomes clear that concern for this person to function independently is warranted and when this occurs, the court provides for a guardianship petition that carefully examines the individual's life circumstances and makes a thoroughly considered decision.
The Kentucky Guardianship Association (KGA) is a non-profit membership organization committed to improving adult guardianship in Kentucky. It is an excellent resource to assist with understanding what guardianship is, the issues relevant to determining guardianship, the process, the role and the requirements of a guardian once appointed. When you visit the KGA website at www.kyguardianship.org, we invite you to watch the video for an overview of guardian law in Kentucky. You can download a manual prepared by the KGA titled Kentucky Guardianship Manual that provides helpful detail on the who, what, when, where and how of guardianship in the Commonwealth.
Kentucky is unique in requiring a trial by jury, assuring a fair process for awarding guardianship. Due to the sensitive nature, guardian law in Kentucky requires that guardianship cases are confidential. Prior to the actual appointment of a guardian, guardian law calls for a series of steps to occur:
Based upon the decision of the jury, the judge will select the guardian and clarify the limits on the power of the guardian. When a judge appoints a guardian, there are several questions that are taken into consideration:
Guardianship is a much-needed tool for care of the disabled and can provide peace of mind to families caring for a loved one. At the Kentucky Guardianship Association we understand the difficult emotional and legal challenges faced when considering guardianship for a loved one. It is easier to navigate guardian law when you partner with the resources at Kentucky Guardianship Association, starting with a visit to our website @ www.kyguardianship.org.