Every parent of a child with a disability worries – what happens when I’m gone? Other children grow up to become self-sufficient. A child with a disability grows into an adult with a disability. They will need someone there for them. Who will speak for your disabled child when you’re gone?
Finding someone who “gets it”
Caring for a special needs child is tough enough. Parents know their own child. They know what they need now and what they will need as an adult. Along the way, there are family or friends who also “get it.” These are people the parent would entrust with their child.
Parents planning for the future can ensure their child –whether a minor or an adult – is looked after by one of these trusted people. Ohio law permits them to nominate a specific guardian for their disabled child, even if their son or daughter has entered adulthood.
Parents nominate a guardian for the future when they may not be there. A guardian who will speak for their disabled child.
Who will speak for your child?
An adult with disabilities may need a guardian whether they live independently, in a group home or in an institution. Even if a guardian doesn’t provide direct care, they will need to make important decisions about health care, living quarters or special educational needs. A guardian oversees their care and steps in if something goes wrong. They become the disabled person’s voice.
If you pass away or are unable to make decisions for your child, the court can appoint a guardian. If you have nominated someone for the post, the judge must consider that person, ask if they meet the legal requirements and determine it is in the best interest of your child. Without a nomination, the court must consider whoever applies to be the guardian of your child.
We can help
At Holland & Muirden, we understand that the future – and estate planning – is different when you care for someone with special needs. Contact us today to make your plans. http://holland-muirden.com/ohio-law-areas-of-practice/ohio-estate-planning-probate-attorneys/