As your child with a disability gets closer to adulthood, it’s time to start thinking about guardianship and other decision-making alternatives.
If your child needs help with decision-making as an adult, you’ll want to learn about the Massachusetts guardianship process. Guardianship means that another person, called the guardian, is appointed to make decisions on behalf of a person with a disability.
When your child turns 18 in Massachusetts, you no longer have the legal right to make decisions for your child. Yet people with disabilities sometimes need help with making choices in topics like:
Guardianship doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing deal. If you family member needs help making decisions in some areas of life but not others, there are several other options available. These include:
- supported or shared decision-making
- health care proxy
- durable power of attorney
- limited guardianship
The Guardianship Guide will help you:
See what your guardianship options are
Download the documents you’ll need to fill out
Know what questions to ask your lawyer (if you have one) or anyone else who is helping you