Guardianship of an Adult

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.

Information on Guardianship of An Adult, Massachusetts Guardianship AssociationTo learn more, click on the Question and Answer topics below:

General Guardianship Information for All Adults

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

Related Topics

Go to Resources page for more information and helpful web links