If a person becomes incapacitated due to an accident, illness or old age or has a developmental disability, they will need someone to manage their affairs for them. A guardian needs to be appointed to care for the person and manage the financial affairs of the person.
There are two different types of guardianships that can be pursued in New York State. Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law allows for a guardian to be appointed for a person who has become incapacitated due to an accident, illness or old age (such as in the case of the onset of dementia). Article 17-A of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act allows for the appointment of a guardian for persons determined to be mentally retarded or developmentally disabled. If a family member is in need of either type of guardianship, we can assist you through the guardianship process.