National Certified Guardians’ actions and decisions are guided by the NGA’s Ethical Principles, which include:

  1. A guardian treats the person with dignity.
  2. A guardian involves the person to the greatest extent possible in all decision making.
  3. A guardian selects the option that places the least restrictions on the person’s freedom and rights.
  4. A guardian identifies and advocates for the person’s goals, needs, and preferences.
  5. A guardian maximizes the self-reliance and independence of the person.
  6. A guardian keeps confidential the affairs of the person.
  7. A guardian avoids conflicts of interest and self-dealing.
  8. A guardian complies with all laws and court orders.
  9. A guardian manages all financial matters carefully.
  10. A guardian respects that the money and property being managed belong to the person.