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When Your Child Turns 18: Guardianships for Adults with Special Needs

Presented by Michael Korsinsky, Esq. and Samuel Diamantstein, Esq.


What is a Guardianship?
Guardianship is a legal process used to support individuals who are unable to make decisions or manage affairs for themselves. After a proceeding in court, the court appoints an individual to handle their personal, medical and financial affairs.

Why is Guardianship Necessary?
In New York State, a person is considered to be legally able to make decisions for themselves when they are 18 years old. This may be an issue if you have a loved one with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other special needs who may not be able to make these decisions.

If you are concerned about the welfare of someone who is 18 years old or over, or almost 18, you can petition the Court to appoint you as a Guardian.

The person asking the court to appoint them as a Guardian is usually a parent, other relative or close family friend.

At Korsinsky & Klein, LLP, our dedicated team of highly qualified attorneys can help you file for guardianship, making the experience as smooth and seamless as possible. Call us today at 212-257-0199 and we will guide you through the process.