is the establishment of substitute decision making for personal
care and/or property management, through a legal proceeding, for
those individuals determined to be incapable of managing their
Should Guardianship be Considered?
York State, parents of persons who are developmentally disabled
are considered the natural or legal guardian of their child until
the child's eighteenth birthday. After the child reaches age 18,
he/she is considered to be legally competent and parents' rights
are no longer recognized by law.
ARC provides guardianship services and assistance to families
in planning for the future needs of their developmentally disabled
family members. We can help with information and education about
estate planning, wills, and other legal considerations. We can
provide referrals to experienced attorneys as well as to alternative
you have further questions regarding Guardianship, please
contact us at 315-331-7741.