National Guardianship Association Standards of Practice

The National Guardianship Association (NGA) initially developed seven Standards of Practice in 1991. These original standards were expanded and improved in 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2013  and can be found at the NGA website at National Guardianship Association Standards of Practice.

There are 25 current NGA Standards:

  • Standard 1. Applicable Law and General Standards
  • Standard 2. The Guardian’s Relationship to the Court
  • Standard 3. The Guardian’s Professional Relationship with the Person
  • Standard 4. The Guardian’s Relationship with Family Members and Friends of the Person
  • Standard 5. The Guardian’s Relationship with Other Professionals and Providers of Service to the Person
  • Standard 6. Informed Consent
  • Standard 7. Standards for Decision-Making
  • Standard 8. Least Restrictive Alternative
  • Standard 9. Self-Determination of the Person
  • Standard 10. The Guardian’s Duties Regarding Diversity and Personal Preferences of the Person
  • Standard 11. Confidentiality
  • Standard 12. Duties of the Guardian of the Person
  • Standard 13. Guardian of the Person: Initial and Ongoing Responsibilities
  • Standard 14. Decision-Making About Medical Treatment
  • Standard 15. Decision-Making About Withholding and Withdrawal of Medical Treatment
  • Standard 16. Conflict of Interest: Ancillary and Support Services
  • Standard 17. Duties of the Guardian of the Estate
  • Standard 18. Guardian of the Estate: Initial and Ongoing Responsibilities
  • Standard 19. Property Management
  • Standard 20. Conflict of Interest: Estate, Financial, and Business Services
  • Standard 21. Termination and Limitation of Guardianship
  • Standard 22. Guardianship Service Fees
  • Standard 23. Management of Multiple Guardianship Cases
  • Standard 24. Quality Assurance
  • Standard 25. Sale or Purchase of a Guardianship Practice