Guardianship

What you need to know about GUARDIANSHIP!

  • What is guardianship?
    The legal power of one person to oversee the finances and affairs of another person.
  • Why would I need a Guardian?
    I will need a guardian if I am unable to make choices about what is best for me.
  • When would I need a guardian?
    At age 18, I am considered to be an adult. I will be an emancipated adult and I will be responsible for making my own decisions about my schooling and other life choices. My parents will no longer have to sign my legal papers. I will have to sign my own name.
  • When should I begin to plan for guardianship?
    I should start to plan for my guardianship when I am 17-years old. It will take 3 – 6 months to get it done.
  • How do I take care of my guardianship needs?
    I need to find an attorney. My attorney will file a petition with the court. I will go to a court hearing in my county. A judge will decide if I need a guardian.

Resources for Guardianship

Guardianship – Description, Alternatives, Types
Indiana State Bar Association (317-639-5465)
The Arc of Indiana - Indiana Adult Guardianship Services Project
Read this book (check with your library, or click on the following link to purchase) Planning for the Future: Providing a Meaningful Life for a Child with a Disability After Your Death by L. Mark Russell, Arnold Grant
Guardian Laws—Guardian Types and Requirements (provided in the Public Interest by the Probate, Trust & Real Property Section of the Indiana State Bar Association)