Guardianship for Older Adults
While the term guardianship often refers to an adult taking over the care of a minor, there are also certain circumstances that can arise where an adult becomes incapacitated and can no longer meet their own needs. In such a case, a guardian can be appointed to assist with the incapacitated adult’s physical, mental, and financial needs.
What Does Adult Guardianship Mean in Arkansas?
If you’re under 18 in Arkansas, you’re considered a minor, so adult guardianship only applies to those who’ve reached the age of majority. You’re an adult, 18 or over, but you have limited capacity to make your own decisions about your life, typically due to some form of cognitive impairment, then you may need a guardian to make decisions for you. Adult guardianship can cover disabled children who turn 18 but still need their parents to continue to be their legal guardians due to mental incapacity, though in my practice, I don’t typically see young adults. Instead, I see parents who’ve ended up with cognitive dementia or some sort of advanced medical illness that prohibits them from being able to make decisions for themselves as they’ve gotten older. Whether it’s due to a stroke, a debilitating illness, dementia or just advanced age, they can no longer manage their own affairs. Read more
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