Guardianship

Guardianship

If you are the parent of a child with a disability who is approaching the age of majority, you may want to consider becoming your child’s legal guardian if he/she is not able to make independent decisions in his/her life. If you do not, your child will be considered emancipated at the age of 18 in New Jersey and 21 in Pennsylvania, regardless of the severity of the child’s disability. This means that your child will be the sole person to make many important legal choices, including medical and financial issues.

Becoming your child’s guardian is relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain privately with the assistance of an experienced attorney. A parent must initiate a fairly simple court proceeding to be initiated guardian. It can be done just prior to the age of 18, or any time after that. A guardian can be appointed to make some, or all, of the child’s decisions, depending upon the severity of the child’s disability. If you think you may need to continue to care for your child with a disability after he/she becomes a legal adult, you should contact the lawyers at Reisman Carolla Gran LLP to find out more information on guardianship.