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For people with special needs, turning 18 doesn’t always mean they are ready to live on their own. If a person is unable to reasonably make decisions about their finances or property, guardianship may be the solution. Guardianship allows other adults—usually family members—to take responsibility for those kinds of decisions. At the Law Office of Jennifer O. Price, our Pittsburgh guardianship attorney can help you properly file all the right paperwork and ensure you are prepared to make a case for caring for your loved one.
What Is Guardianship?
Parents who have children with special needs understand that, while these individuals should be given every opportunity to be independent, there are some cognitive or physical hurdles that may require extra care. When a person turns 18, they are expected to be responsible for all their own decisions. Unfortunately, this can put some people at risk of making unsafe choices about their future. A guardian will treat this person as though they are still a dependent minor.
Guardians will be responsible for decisions such as:
- Medical care
- Powers of attorney
Types of Guardianship
Some people with special needs have more capacity to make decisions than others. Guardianship arrangements reflect those differences. In some cases, guardians aren't family members at all, but other interested parties who make use of funds from a special needs trust to provide the necessary care for the person.
You can be appointed with:
- General guardianship: This arrangement is for those who are incapable of making or expressing any decisions for themselves. The guardian will take complete responsibility for the person’s well-being and care.
- Limited guardianship: Those who have milder disabilities can often make and express many of their own decisions. In these cases, the guardian is tasked to pick up where the person cannot. This may mean taking care of their financial decisions while allowing them to choose a place to live on their own.
Guardianship is a great way to allow people with special needs to live their best lives while still enjoying the safety of another’s care. Learn more about it by calling the Law Office of Jennifer O. Price today.
Call (724) 269-2966 now.