Professor Jennifer L. Wright: The “Parens Patriae” Doctrine provides the justification for the State to establish guardianships to protect people with disabilities, when necessary.

The purpose of a guardianship is to make the ward’s life better, not to make the guardian’s life easier.

Professor Wright explains the different approaches to surrogate decision-making by guardians.

Minnesota Law exempts guardianship hearings from pre-trial mediation proceedings.