Guardianship can cover:
- property and financial matters
- personal welfare, including health
- a combination of these
Guardianship is likely to be suitable where the person has long-term needs in relation to these matters, and has lost, or has never had, capacity to take decisions or action on these matters for themselves.
An application may be made to the sheriff court by individuals (for welfare and/or financial guardianship) or by the local council (for welfare guardianship only).
Read more on setting up a guardianship order.
The information was last updated on: 5th May 2015