Information for People with Disabilities and Their Families About Using Alternatives To Guardianship For Financial Decisions
After a person turns 18, who gets to make decisions about how they spend and save money?
- When a person turns 18, they get to make their own decisions about their money. But, sometimes a person with a disability has difficulty making and communicating choices about money, and a family member or friend may ask that a financial guardian be appointed.
- Under financial guardianship, a person may not be allowed to decide how to spend or save their money.
This handout includes things to think about when considering financial guardianship. It has many ways to provide a person with the support they need and avoid using guardianship.