Guardianship of the person and the estate (conservatorship of the estate in some jurisdictions such as Iowa) of a disabled adult is the process which allows one person designated by a Court to take over the affairs and act on behalf of a disabled individual. These situations can arise across the life of a person such as when disabled for medical reasons, facing challenges in decision making in old age, or simply because the person wishes to have someone else make decisions for them. There are as many reasons as there are people that guardianships are established and each one is unique in scope and outcome. Guardianships can last months, years, and sometimes decades. Managing these processes throughout the life of the guardianship and potentially passing the assets of the ward (the person subject to the guardianship) into a planned estate instrument offers opportunities and challenges. An experienced attorney can help.