Guardianship and Conservatorship
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This category is about getting decision-making authority over an adult or child's funds, health care, school enrollment, estate, and other concerns. Some states use the term conservatorship for adults, other states use it for control of another person's financial decisions.
This brochure describes commitment, interdiction and other means of handling a situation where a person cannot make decisions for him or herself. Judicial Commitment is the process by which an individual is ordered by a court to receive treatment in a specific facility or location. Interdiction is a process that deprives a person of some or all of their rights. This includes the right to vote, marry, decide where to live, what doctor to see, etc.
When someone needs help to take care of themselves, who can step in? How do you do it? What's the result?
Continuing Tutorship is a legal process in which a court decides that your child will not be competent to make decisions after he or she reaches 18 years old, the legal age of majority. Instead another person will have the legal authority to make all business and legal decisions for the child just as if he or she were still under age 18.