What Is Guardianship?
Guardianship begins when a person is at risk of diminished quality of life or harm.
Capacity and Incapacity
In New York, guardians are appointed when a mental, cognitive, or physical condition affects one’s ability to care for themselves.
Guardianship in New York
There is no public guardianship system in New York, so the role is filled by adult protective services, community guardian programs, and others.
Guardianship in Other States
Each state has its own laws and regulations around guardianship and protective care.
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