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Guardianship as a Means of Protection

VERA Institute of Justice Guardianship Project
Source: Vera Institute
Content Type: Website
The VERA Institute Guardianship Project is a non-profit community based service that provides adult guardianship services in New York City. The project website has detailed information and resources on this very successful program. Take a minute to look at the current publications under the resources tab.

Example of a Court Order Appointing a Limited Guardianship
Source: The Jenny Hatch Justice Project
Content Type: Web PDF
Final order appointing a limited guardian reflecting the wishes of the person. This is the final order in a hard fought case in Virgina. For more details on the case see http://jennyhatchjusticeproject.org/trial.

Judicial Determination of Capacity of Older Adults in Guardianship Proceedings
Source: American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
Content Type: Online handbook (pdf)
A comprehensive handbook providing framework for evaluating capacity of older adults in guardianship proceedings

Adult Protective Services Agency Authority to Act as Guardian of a Client: State Laws (explanation of Chart)
Source: American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
Content Type: State Laws
This chart addresses the issue of whether an APS agency may act as the guardian of a client.

For More Information

More information on this topic might be found in the following areas of the Legal Issues library: Financial Exploitation