If it seems that guardianship may be the best option for your family member, the next step is to think about how much help they will need with making decisions.
There are 2 main types in Massachusetts:
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What you can do:
Talk about the options with your family member, a lawyer, and other helpful people such as teachers, case managers, and doctors. Ask what they think is best, and why.
Think about your family member's ability to make decisions across different areas of life.
Carefully consider whether limited guardianship would be enough for them.
Involve your family member in these discussions as much as possible.
Consider getting help from a lawyer at this stage.
Sources: Jackins (2010), Ulwick (2010)