Throwing a Lifesaver Without Going Overboard: Considering Alternatives to Guardianship

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Discusses alternatives to guardianship including the use of representative payees, power of attorney, advanced health care directives, and limited involuntary guardianships.

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Claudia Ines Pringles
Publication Date: 
2011
Publisher: 
Vermont Bar Journal
Citation: 
Claudia Ines Pringles, Throwing a Lifesaver Without Going Overboard: Considering Alternatives to Guardianship, 37 Vt. B.J. 21 (2011).
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Abstract: 
The question I am asked most often by paretns of individuals with special needs is: "What willhappen to my child when I can no longer take care of her?" It is a question of uncertain direction and almost certainly followed by a more directed question about the process of petitioning for guardianship. As a parent of a child with significant needs, I understand the fears of other parents and desires of immortality. As an attorney, I understand the temptation to dive directly into addressing my client's specific question and begin explaining the process of seeking legal guardianship. That is what the client is asking for, right?