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  • Writer's pictureRuthPGeorge

Guardianship for disabled adult-aged children

I help parents become court-appointed guardians of their developmentally disabled and intellectually disabled children who are 18 years of age or older. The child is in need of assistance as to finances, health care and personal decision making.

I usually become involved when the child is about seventeen and a half years old so that by the time the child reaches the age of eighteen the parents have the legal authority to act on behalf of the child.

In these types of guardianship proceedings, the child must be certified as developmentally disabled or intellectually disabled prior to age twenty-two.

This same type of guardianship can also be used for individuals whose self-management is impeded due to traumatic head injury. There is no age requirement to be certified disabled from a traumatic head injury in these types of guardianship proceedings.

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