A standby guardian of the person of the child is authorized to make non-financial decisions, such as everyday needs, housing, education, food, health care, making travel arrangements and /or traveling with the child and receiving public benefits or child support on behalf of the child. A standby guardian of the property of the child is authorized to make financial decisions, such as using the child’s funds, including those received as public benefits or child support, paying bills or costs to cover the child’s personal needs, applying for public benefits and paying taxes on behalf of the child.
The Form is structured to allow the parent to specifically choose whether the parent wants to designate the standby guardian to be one or the other or both. It also allows the parent to specifically choose which powers and duties under those headings the parent wishes to authorize the standby guardian to perform. It is generally recommended that the parent authorize the standby guardian to be both the guardian of the child’s person and property since the standby guardian needs to be able to obtain public benefits and financial support for the child if feasible and will be responsible for the child’s overall welfare and well-being.