Choosing A Guardian:
Parents of an individual with mental retardation should not automatically
assume that one of the individual’s siblings is willing to become
guardian for the individual when they (i.e., the parents) can no longer
serve in that capacity. The willingness of the sibling to serve as guardian
should be thoroughly discussed with the parents, and the wishes of the
individual should be considered. When possible, a family member who knows
the individual well and is interested in his welfare should be selected.
For someone to be considered for Guardianship of the Estate, that person
should have some skill in managing finances and business affairs. If
a person needs a guardian and no family member is willing to serve, a
Court may appoint a local attorney to carry out that role. Sometimes,
such an appointment can be a real disservice to the individual. Even
if he handles matters professionally, the attorney doesn’t have
the personal interest to prompt him to really get to know and get involved
with the individual.