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Guardianship

When persons in the State of Connecticut turns 18 years of age, they are considered to be an adult.  That means they can make decisions about their lives such as where they live; medical treatment; educational or vocational opportunities; how they spend their money and who has access to their records.

In Connecticut legal guardianship has to be obtained through Probate Court before a parent, family member or others can make decisions for a person with an intellectual disability.  Not every person with an intellectual disability needs a legal guardian.  There are different types of guardianships, including plenary (full), limited, and standby of person and/or estate.

The legal guardian's role is to help a person make the best decision for himself/herself, not to dictate how he or she should live their life.

The application process can be started before the person turns 18, though the person must be 18 years of age at the time of the hearing to decide the matter of guardianship.
Probate Court Forms
(The forms below are from the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Official Court Webforms site  http://www.jud.ct.gov/webforms/ )
Fillable PDF Name of Form

PC-700

Application/Guardianship of Person with Intellectual Disability (Rev. 1/14) 

PC-770

Assessment Team Evaluation/Guardianship of Person with Intellectual Disability

PC-770A

DDS Professional or Assessment Team Evaluation/Guardianship of Person with Intellectual Disability/Review

PC-771

Guardian's Report/Guardianship of Person with Intellectual Disability