An individual 18 years of age or older who has no felony or gross misdemeanor record can technically be a guardian. However, it is up to the court granting the guardianship to determine if the individual is the best guardian for the incapacitated person.

A family member or friend of the individual is preferred when selecting a guardian. During the legal process, recommendations for a guardian is made, and the court can confirm or deny the recommendation.

However, if a relative or friend is unavailable or unwilling to make the commitment to be guardian, a professional guardian can be put in place. Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana offers professional guardianships of this manner.