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Guardianship is often part of special needs planning

Like parents everywhere, most Georgia parents will do whatever they have to in order to make sure their children grow up safe, happy and loved. They want their children to have all the opportunities available to them as they grow. For parents of children with special needs, this usually takes on a new meaning. Providing the best life possible usually requires some special needs planning, which may involve a guardianship.

Children with special needs usually require assistance well into adulthood. However, the law considers them adults when they reach the age of majority, which means that parents lose some legal rights to help their children. To rectify this problem, Georgia parents can pursue a guardianship. This allows them to provide much needed assistance to their children and make decisions for them their children would not otherwise be able to make on their own.

Receiving a guardianship over a special needs child requires going to court since a parent intends to take away certain rights from the child, and the court will not take this lightly. In fact, the courts ordinarily want to make sure that a person under guardianship retains as many of his or her rights as possible. A parent will need to prove need and that he or she is the best person to fulfill it.

Special needs planning helps parents stay ahead of the curve when it comes to caring for their children. Pursuing a guardianship usually needs to take place prior to the child in question reaching the age of majority in order to maintain the continuity of care. A parent looking to take this course of action would be wise to consult with an experienced attorney in order to help ensure that everything goes smoothly.

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