Planning Ahead

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Question: My mother is the guardian for my brother, who has Down's Syndrome. He is dependent on her for many of his needs. How can she plan ahead in terms of his care and guardianship? In other words, can she put that in her will or does she need to set something up in the courts? What happens if she does not? Kindly,

Answer: Family or friends may request legal guardianship, but a judge will ultimately declare an official guardian. In the event that there is not a family member or friend willing to accept the responsibility, then the judge may appoint a private fiduciary who charges fees for services provided. For more information on the process, visit: http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/SuperiorCourt/Self-ServiceCenter/Glossary/guard_adult.asp Or visit: http://www.azcourts.gov/selfservicecenter

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  • My mother is the guardian for my brother, who has Down's Syndrome. He is dependent on her for many of his needs. How can she plan ahead in terms of his care and guardianship? In other words, can she put that in her will or does she need to set something up in the courts? What happens if she does not? Kindly,

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