By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. a NJ Guardianship Attorney

The Standby Guardian should consent in writing to the position when the document is first created. Usually, their signature in the designating document is legally sufficient enough to constitute acceptance.

The role of the Standby Guardian differs from a Guardianship in that it may include concurrent decision making with a disabled parent, as opposed to having sole responsibility.

In some instances, a parent who becomes disabled is still able to remain active in a child’s life, needing only limited remedial help with money management, or other guidance and advice. The Standby role begins when an event happens, then proceeds as described in the designating document or court petition.

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