Guardian Definition

A guardian is a person who has legal authority over a minor. For example, if you are a parent you are (usually) the guardian of your children. A legal guardian may also be appointed by a court in cases when another person is deemed incapable of caring for their own interests. In this case, the person is placed as a ward under another person as a guardian. Courts may also appoint a special guardian with limited legal authority over a ward in certain circumstances. For example, during an acrimonious divorce a court could appoint an uninvolved guardian over the children. Finally, an estate will usually have a guardian who acts as a fiduciary during the disposal of the estate-in this case, the guardian may be referred to as a conservator, custodian, or curator, depending upon the local jurisdiction.