A Guide to Understanding Adult Guardianship and Guardianship Alternatives in Maine

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Learn how to:

  • Help preserve an individual's right to make decisions about his or her life.
  • Find the least restrictive way(s) to provide an individual with the care, supervision, and support he or she needs.

Read this Guide if you are seeking information about guardianship for someone you know or work with. Share this guide with everyone involved in this decision.

We would like to thank the stakeholders involved in Maine's Guardianship Project for their passion and commitment to preserving the rights of adults in Maine.

Please note that this guide is not intended as legal advice, particularly since the laws change from time to time and because there might be other factors involved which go beyond the scope of this guide. If you have any questions about how the law applies to a specific situation, you should consult a lawyer or Register of Probate. Photographs include models and are used for illustrative purposes only.

A joint publication of the Office of Elder Services and Office of Adults with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities Services within Maine's Department of Health and Human Services.

This guide was developed under CA-AD-06-213, a cooperative agreement between the University of Southern Maine and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. This cooperative agreement was funded under grant CFDA 93.779 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The contents and opinions expressed in this guide are the authors and no endorsement by the University of Southern Maine or the funding sources is intended or should be inferred.

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