GUARDIANSHIP BASICS

The first and foremost important things to consider when deciding to petiion for guardianship:   1)  Is guardianship really necessary for this person?    Is he/she capable of making their own decisions with a little help and support from family, friends and service providers?  2)  If a guardian is needed, is there a family member or trusted friend willing to serve?  3)  Determine which form of guardianship is the least restrictive for that individual.  


TYPES OF GUARDIANSHIP
 
Partial Guardianship:   When the person with disabilities is capable of  making  some,  but not all,  of their own decisions.
                                                       The powers of a partial guardian must be specifically listed in the court order.    The duration of a
                                                       partial guardianship cannot be set for more than  five years.
                                                     

Plenary Guardianship:  This is considered a full guardianship, and includes the responsibility of making all decisions  
                                                        on the behalf of the individual.   A plenary  does not normally expire unless ordered by the court 
                                                        or  determined by the judge at the time of the hearing. 

Stand-by Guardian:   When someone petitions the court to name a primary  guardian they may also include a request
                                                  for a stand-by guardian.   Stand-by status means this person/agency  may assume  guardianship
                                                  upon the death or resignation of the  primary guardian.    Call  for a hearing  is not required unless decided by 
                                                  the court.   Also, a stand-by guardian may act on behalf of the primary guardian, in emergency 
                                                  situations, when the guardian cannot be contacted.    
                                                           

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Remember,  at any time,  the  individual has the right to petition the court to modify the type of guardianship issued or to remove or change a guardian.   
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