Guardianship is an arrangement authorized by a Court where a person is given the legal right to make decisions for another person who is incapacitated and unable to make decisions for themselves. Guardianships can be authorized in New York by the Surrogate’s Court, Supreme Court or Family Court, depending on the type of guardianship needed and the circumstances surrounding the incapacity.
In this short series, we will be touching on
- for a minor
- for an intellectually or developmentally disabled adult
- for an adult who becomes incapacitated
It is certainly never “the plan” to need a guardian, however, it is very prudent to plan for whom that might be, in case it is needed. Guardianship is about protecting those you love, but that can no longer protect themselves.