Legal guardianship is a critical legal arrangement that provides support and protection for individuals who may be unable to make decisions or care for themselves. In the state of New York, the legal system offers several options for guardianship to ensure the well-being and safety of disabled individuals. Click here to learn more about legal guardianship in New York State.
Types of Guardianship in New York State:
Guardianship of a Child: In New York State a person is considered a child if they are 20 years old or younger, not married, and not serving in the military. Click here to learn more about guardianship of a child and to find out which court to file this case.
Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person: An incapacitated person is someone who is unable to care for their own property and/or personal needs and is likely to suffer harm because they cannot understand the consequences of their inability to do so. Click here to learn more about Article 81 Guardianship and to find out which court to file this case.
Guardianship of an Intellectually or Developmentally Disabled Individual: Although a person is determined legally responsible for making their own decisions at 18 in New York State, an intellectually or developmentally disabled person may not be able to do so. In this case, they may need a legal guardian to make some or all legal decisions for them. Click here to learn more about Article 17-A Guardianship.
The Ulster County Surrogate Court urges you to contact them with any questions regarding guardianship. They would be happy to guide you in the right direction.
The Ulster County Surrogate Court
240 Fair Street
Kingston, N.Y. 12401