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A Guardian Advocacy is an abbreviated guardianship case specifically designed for adult individuals who have a developmental disability (including only: mental retardation, cerebral palsy, Prader-Willi syndrome, autism, or spina bifida) and who lack the capacity to do some of the tasks necessary to care for his or her person, property or estate.
This type of guardianship is the least restrictive and least costly type of guardianship for persons with developmental disabilities and does not require a determination of incapacity or the appointment of an examining committee. Usually, a parent files a petition for appointment as Guardian Advocate after a disabled child reaches the age of 18 since the parent no longer has the ability to make decisions for the child once the child has reached the age of majority.
The guardian advocacy process does require the filing of court documents and attendance and presentation of evidence at a court hearing. The Guardian Advocate is also required to file all of the usual paperwork under a traditional guardianship, including Annual Plans and Accountings, and is also required to attend the guardian education course.