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.