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What is a Guardian in Oregon

A guardian is an individual or organization appointed by the court to exercise powers, as authorized or limited, primarily to manage the medical and health care decisions of a protected person.  A guardian also promotes and advocates for other wellbeing aspects of the protected person such as emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs.  The law requires the guardian to give the protected person as much independence as his or her condition will allow, and to consider his/her wishes and choices in decision-making.