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
Fillable PDF Name of Form


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


Assessment Team Evaluation/Guardianship of Person with Intellectual Disability


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


Guardian's Report/Guardianship of Person with Intellectual Disability