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Guardianship Handbooks by State

A list of resources available to explain guardianship options by state.

Alabama - Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program

.pdf file of brochure called "On Guard: Making Sensible Decisions about Guardianship" No publication date

Alaska - Disability Law Center of Alaska

.pdf file of handbook called "Guardianship in Alaska: A Guide to Understanding and Petitioning for Guardianship of Adults with Disabilities Published Sept. 2008

Arizona - Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

.pdf file of handbook called "Legal Options Manual: For Families, Consumers, and Caregivers, when an Individual with Developmental Disabilities Reaches age 18" Published March 2006

Arkansas - Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

.pdf brochure called "Guardianship: A Guide for the Families, Advocates, and Friends of People with Disabilities" No Publication Date

California - Commissioned by The Arc of CA

.pdf handbook called "Conservatorship, Trusts and Wills, for People with Developmental or other Disabilities - A Guide for Families. Published June 2000

Colorado - Guardianship Alliance of Colorado

Web article containing reference material on guardianship, conservatorship, and advance directives. No publication date

Connecticut - State Probate Court

.pdf document called "Probate Court User Guide: Persons with Intellectual Disability. 2013

Delaware - Court of Chancery

.pdf file called "Handbook for Guardians" No publication date.

District of Columbia - Court system

Website that gives details on "Intervention Proceedings"

Florida - Department of Elder Affairs

.pdf handbook called "Guardianship Basics: A Handbook for Guardians." Updated February 2009

Georgia - Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

.pdf document called "Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Alternatives: A Practical Guide for Families and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Fall 2009

Hawaii - Family Court

.pdf document called "Pro-se Packet Guardianship --Incapacitated Person" gives legal information and sample filing. April 2006

Idaho - Disability Rights Idaho

.pdf handbook called "Self-Advocacy Guide to Guardianship" includes sections for the person with a disability and his/her lawyer.

Illinois - Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission

.pdf handbook called "A Guide to Adult Guardianship in Illinois."

Indiana - The Arc of Indiana

Website with video and FAQ -Guardianship & Alternatives to Guardianship

Iowa - Iowa Legal Aid

.pdf handbook called "Guardianship & Conservatorship in Iowa: Issues in Substitute Decision Making. November 2006

Kansas - Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas

.pdf document called "Do I Need a Guardian for my Family Member Who Has Down Syndrome?" Written by a lawyer for Ds Guild December 2011

Kentucky - Wynn Consulting

.pdf file called "Guardianship in Kentucky: A Guide for Citizens with Disabilities. Revised 2004

Louisiana - Advocacy Center

.pdf handbook called "Legal Status in Louisiana: A Guide to: Full Interdiction, Limited Interdiction, Continuing Tutorship, Representation & Mandate, Representative Payee. Updated 2011

Maine - DHHS

.pdf handbook called "A Guide to Understanding Adult Guardianship and Guardianship Alternatives in Maine. No publication date.

Maryland - U of MD/ MD Bar Association

Web file of handbook called - Guardianship and its alternatives; A handbook on Maryland law. Published July, 2011

Massachusetts - Mass Guardianship Association

.pdf handbook called "Handbook for Massachusetts Guardians." 2010

Michigan - Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

.pdf file called "Alternatives to Full Guardianship for Adults"

Minnesota - Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges

.pdf handbook called "Conservatorship and Guardianship in Minnesota." Amended 2013

Mississippi - North Mississippi Rural Legal Services

.pdf document outlining legal definitions and code.