Guardianship, or conservatorship, is a legal process that is used when a person cannot or can no longer make or communicate safe or sound decisions about his/her person and/or property. Establishing a guardianship may remove considerable rights from an individual. That is why it should only be considered after alternatives to guardianship have proven ineffective or are unavailable. (Source: National Guardianship Association –

Helpful information on how and when to pursue guardianship can be found in Guardianship in Ohio, a publication of The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. It offers a brief, non-legalistic overview of guardianship in Ohio, especially for families who have a child with an intellectual disability about to turn 18 years of age. The booklet contains 19 topic areas that include information on who needs a guardian, types of guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, and the application process and fees.

The booklet can be downloaded from the DD Council website at Click on Publications and Products and then click on Guardianship-Estate Planning.