What do we mean by “Most Restrictive Options?”

most restrictive alternatives to guardianship

Some adults with severe disabilities may need a full guardian to help with or manage their personal affairs.  This may include  taking “reasonable care of his ward's clothing, furniture, vehicles and other personal effects and commence protective proceedings if other property of his ward is in need of protection." (see 18-A MRSA §5-312)

Unlike other legal approaches such as trusts or powers of attorney, which are private, guardianship involve formal court processes which are public. This means that the documents & decisions included in guardianship filings can be obtained by anyone who is interested through the Probate Court offices and online

Full guardianship is considered the most restrictive option because it significantly restricts a person’s rights and freedoms, and may be considered long-term appointments.



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