Who needs a Guardian?

An Incapacitated Person is an adult, age 18 or older, who cannot manage his or her own financial affairs, health decisions or both. The legal definition of an Incapacitated Person is: “An adult whose ability to receive and evaluate information effectively and to make and communicate decisions in any way is impaired to such a significant extent that he or she is partially or totally unable to manage his or her financial resources or to meet essential requirements for his or her physical health and safety.”

An Incapacitated Person may be a developmentally disabled adult or an adult who has lost the capacity to make and communicate decisions due to illness or injury. When a Petition is filed with the Court, the Court will hold a hearing to determine whether or not the Court should issue a decree declaring that a person is an Incapacitated Person and a Guardian or Guardians should be appointed. If there is no less restrictive alternative to guardianship that is appropriate, a Guardian may be appointed.

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