Guardianship in New York

Serving Clients in New York City and the New York Metropolitan Area

In some – but by no means all – cases, persons with disabilities from aging, illness, or special needs may not be able to properly manage their own affairs. They also may not have the capacity to appoint a substitute decision maker. This is especially true of those persons who are no longer minors – and no longer under the protective authority of their parents. A,  guardian must be obtained and empowered to make personal and property decisions for many individuals with disabilities or cognitive impairments who are now adults. Guardianships are granted by the courts for affected individuals who require this protective process, and who need help with decision-making, support, and health care choices.

The Grimaldi Yeung Law Group can help you decide if guardianship is appropriate, and, if so, determine the right type of guardianship to meet your circumstances and needs.  To do that we will explore with you the powers needed to protect and care for a disabled loved one (Article 81 or Article 17A). If you do decide a guardianship is appropriate we can help you advocate on behalf of the individual with the disability and/or interested family members. Following is a brief comparison of the two types of guardianships and their powers.