Article 17-A Guardianships For The Intellectually And Developmentally Disabled

Caring for your loved ones can be trying under the best of conditions. When you're responsible for someone with developmental disabilities or other exceptional circumstances, however, life can grow even more difficult. Although designating a responsible legal guardian is a sound way to ensure that a ward receives the appropriate care, it's important to understand that not all court orders or guardianship arrangements are equal.

New York's massive population means that even in an idyllic suburban haven like White Plains, it's easy to find yourself feeling lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, the legal team at Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, is ready to advocate on behalf of the families that make our community thrive. When it comes to implementing effective guardianships and estate plans, clients know they can trust our compassionate staff to safeguard their futures.

Using Article 17-A To Benefit A Loved One

There are many kinds of guardianships tailored to different situations. New York's Article 17-A serves the needs of individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. Under this law, guardians can do things like:

  • Make binding decisions about health care matters
  • Handle financial responsibilities and legal affairs
  • Ensure that the ward, or beneficiary of the guardianship, receives basic care

Why should you discuss your loved one's circumstances with a lawyer at Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP? Guardianship arrangements demand informed forethought and a nuanced understanding of a tricky legal framework. Since every ward has unique needs, we work to help you create a practical, custom plan that you can depend on even after you're no longer around to make sure everything goes right.

Craft A Guardianship Order That Serves Your Ward's Best Interests

Article 17-A legal guardians have lots of power, so New York State law maintains a high bar for those seeking to create guardianships. For instance, you'll have to establish a ward's disability with formal certifications from medical professionals. You'll also need to supply in-depth information about things like the ward's family relationships, property and home situation.

Managing these kinds of affairs can seem immensely overwhelming when you're already struggling with other challenges. Talk to an attorney at Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, about protecting your loved one with an Article 17-A guardianship. Call 914-269-2367 now or fill out our online contact form to arrange your consultation. We proudly help clients throughout Westchester County.