Persons with Disabilities
Guardianship
Guardian Advocate
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE COURT The goal is to appoint a guardian to make medical and financial decisions for an incapacitated person.
The goal is to assist and enable an adult with developmental disabilities to be as independent as possible.
WHO IS THE PROCEEDING APPROPRIATE FOR? An incapacitated adult who does not have the cognitive ability to designate, in writing, a health care surrogate or, power of attorney. E.g. a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia or who is in a coma or vegetative state. An adult with:
- A Developmental Disability
- Spina bifida
- Mental retardation
- Praeder Willi Syndrome
- Autism
- Cerebral palsy
WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE AGE WHEN PARENTS NEED TO GO TO COURT? When the child approaches their 18th birthday. At age 18 the child is a legal adult and parents do not have authority to make decisions for the adult child. When the child approaches their 18th birthday. At age 18 the child is a legal adult and parents do not have authority to make decisions for the adult child.
ARE LEGAL RIGHTS REMOVED? Yes, some or all of a person’s legal rights may be removed. These include the right to:
- Marry
- Vote
- Apply for government benefits
- Have a driver’s license
- Sue & defend lawsuits
- Contract
- Travel
- Manage property or make gifts of property
- Determine residence
- Seek or retain employment.Consent to medical & mental health treatment
No, the person retains all their legal rights

We invite you to schedule a consultation at our office to determine which planning option is appropriate for you to assist your loved one in protecting their rights, managing their financial resources, and meeting their needs for safety and physical and emotional health.
Call us at 954-382-1997 to schedule a consultation.


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