What is Guardianship?
Guardianship is a legal process whereby someone is given the authority by the court to make decisions regarding major life decisions such as medical care, living arrangements, and sometimes financial management and act on behalf of a person who lacks the ability to comprehend and do those things for him/herself. The process is designed to protect an individual who cannot make decisions for himself/herself from being exploited, abused or neglected.
Why is Guardianship Important?
Once a person turns 18, his/her parents are no longer considered the natural guardian. This is true even if the individual has a disability such as mental retardation. Parents no longer have the legal authority to make decisions for the adult with a disability unless they are appointed their child's guardian by a judge. This means that the law presumes that the person with a disability can make all of his/her own decisions. Imagine a MEDICAL EMERGENCY, for example. In such situation, having a legal guardian, authorized to make an appropriate decision and green light medical intervention could be the difference between life and death.
Become a legal guardian today!
There are currently CLO individuals who are in need of legal guardians. For additional information contact Jon Tran at firstname.lastname@example.org.