Guardian Advocate for Autism and Intellectual Disability
As parents of children with the disabilities of autism or intellectual disability know well, their child has greater challenges in reaching their optimum level of independence. The guardian advocate procedure provides a safety net for protection. The legal authority that parents have to assist their child arbitrarily ends when at age eighteen, whether or not they are ready to assume full responsibility for their lives.
The guardian advocate procedure is flexible and can be individualized. For example, an eighteen year old may be capable in many areas, but may be gullible and easily persuaded by a less than honest person seeking to take advantage. So if he comes home stating s/he signed a contract for a twenty thousand dollar car, and has no money, such a contract could be voided. The guardian advocate has no legal duty to act when the child can handle matters on their own, but can be used as a shield if something untoward occurs. Areas in which assistance can be offered by the parent guardian advocate are: entering into a contract, making medical and mental decisions, traveling, determining living environment, social environment, applying for government benefits and managing money.
Our firm will work with you to determine the least restrictive guardian advocacy, so that the child can continue the quest to live as independent a life as possible.