Guardianship is a legal process for adults who have a clinically diagnosed medical condition and are unable to make or communicate effective decisions about their everyday self-care, health, and safety. The Massachusetts court can appoint a Guardian to make some or all personal decisions on the adult’s behalf. A guardianship protects the adult’s rights and independence and can be limited to areas where the adult’s ability is impaired.
Where do I begin?
Every adult’s diagnosed medical condition is unique. A medical evaluation of an individual’s abilities, impairments, and other factors is needed to help determine if Guardianship is right for the adult. Be sure to consider the Alternatives to Guardianship which do not require court approval.
To learn more, click on the Question and Answer topics below:
General Guardianship Information for All Adults
- What is Guardianship of an Adult?
- What are the Rights of Adults with a Disability?
- What is a Roger’s Guardianship?
- What does a Guardian do?
- Where can I find legal help?
Specific Information and Resources
Elders with a decision-making problem or a physical impairment
Adults with an intellectual disability
Adults with a mental health concern
For more information on filing for guardianship of an adult, please visit the Mass.gov website.