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Guardianship Law: Start Here

A guide to resources for researching guardianship of the elderly and incapacitated



Guardianship is a legal approach to managing the personal affairs of those who can no longer do so themselves. Guardianship is a matter of state law.   

Although guardianship can be used for adults and for minors, this research guide focuses on adults -- particularly the elderly.  For further information on child protection, see the research guide on Child Law.

Subject Headings

To locate other relevant books and articles in ScholarOneSearch, try a SUBJECT search using one of these Library of Congress subject headings:

  • Capacity and disability -- United States
  • Conservatorships -- United States
  • Guardian and ward -- United States
  • Legal assistance to older people -- United States
  • Legal assistance to people with mental disabilities -- United States
  • Old age assistance -- Law and legislation -- United States
  • Older people -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States
  • Legal Guardians -- legislation & jurisprudence -- United States


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