DEFINITION of 'Guardian IRA'

An IRA held in the name of a legal guardian or parent on behalf of either a child under the age of 18-21 (depending on state legislation) or an individual who is incapable of handling finances due to physical or mental disability.

BREAKING DOWN 'Guardian IRA'

The guardian is responsible for signing documents on behalf of the minor or special-needs adult. The responsibilities of the guardian cease once the child is no longer a minor or until the adult is able to handle his or her finances.

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