There are three types of guardianships granted and overseen
by the Probate
Court: guardianships for minors, guardianships for adults and
guardianships for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Adult guardianships are used when an individual is impaired
by mental illness, mental deficiency, physical illness or disability,
chronic use of drugs, chronic intoxication or other cause so that they lack
sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate informed
decisions and need someone to make such decisions for them.
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View the informational slide show about adult guardianships.
Minor guardianships are used to provide legal authority for
adults, other than the parents of the minor, to take care of the minor for
a short or long time because the parent or parents of the minor are
unwilling or unable to safely and adequately care for their child. While a
minor guardianship is in place the guardian, and not the parent, has the
right and responsibility to make decisions about and care for the minor
child. Select the link for more details regarding minor guardianship.
Developmentally disabled guardianships are used when an
individual who is over five years of age has a severe, chronic condition
which meets certain requirements. A guardianship for a
developmentally disabled person should be undertaken only to promote and
protect the well-being of the ward and encourage the development of maximum
self-reliance for the ward. The guardianship should be limited by the court
based on the developmentally disabled individualís actual mental and
adaptive limitations. Select the link for more details regarding developmentally disabled
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