Guardianship grants the guardian authority to make decisions on behalf of an incapacitated adult. There are two basic types of guardianships.
- A plenary (or complete) guardianship may be sought if an individual is incapable of making any decisions for him/herself.
- A limited guardianship addresses only those specific areas with which the incapacitated person needs assistance. This type of guardianship allows the Court to appoint someone to assist an individual’s unique circumstances. An example of this is when someone cannot make or communicate medical treatment decisions.
When it is in place, a guardianship removes some (or all) decision-making ability from the individual.
The determination of which type of guardianship may be appropriate is determined by the Court based upon all information, including medical information, that is available.
A guardian cannot revoke a Health Care Proxy.
Guardianship of Incapacitated Persons
- Guardianship of Incapacitated Persons
- Who is Considered an Incapacitated Person?
- Who May Become a Guardian of an Incapacitated Person?
- What Does a Guardian of an Incapacitated Person Do?
- Where Do I File for Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person and What is the Fee?
- What Forms Do I File for Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person?
- Requesting Temporary Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person
- Permanent Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person
- Reporting On, Changing or Ending Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person
- Getting Help with Filing for Guardianship
- More Information on Guardianship of Incapacitated Persons
People also viewed...
You recently viewed...
Personalization is OFF. Your personal browsing history at Mass.gov is not visible because your personalization is turned off. To view your history, turn your personalization on.
Learn more on our .
*Recommendations are based on site visitor traffic patterns and are not endorsements of that content.