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What are the powers of a guardian?

If you have been appointed as someone's guardian or are going to become a guardian, then it is a good idea to prepare yourself by learning about your duties and powers in this position. You are taking on a serious responsibility for the care of another person. An Iowa court has appointed you as a person of power over someone else's life, which is a very important duty. 

As a guardian, according to the State of Iowa, you are given specific powers and duties by the court. The court has the right to limit or expand upon these powers as it sees fit. In general, though, you are responsible for the safety and well being of your ward. You must do anything the court has ordered you to do, such as providing housing, managing the ward's income or ensuring the ward gets proper medical care. 

In most cases, you have to ensure your ward's basic needs are met and communicate with professionals involved in the care of your ward. This could mean getting access to medical records and information. You may also have to arrange housing and communicate with the landlord or other responsible party about any housing issues. You may have to help your ward obtain or continue schooling and communicate with school personnel.

Remember that you were appointed a guardian because your ward is unable to properly care for him or herself. You have a great responsibility. The court will maintain contact with you and require proper recordkeeping of the things you do as a guardian. This information is for education and is not legal advice.  

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