Great news for non-parent custodians! I’m often asked, what’s the difference between guardians and custodians? Generally, Family Court issues Orders of Custody, and Surrogate’s Court issues Letters of Guardianship. There are several legal nuances, but one significant difference has been that non-parent guardians have the statutory authority to make medical decisions for children, just like…

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A number of upcoming and current films focus Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia, and show how these conditions affect a person’s life and their family.  In the drama Still Alice, Julianne Moore stars as Alice Howard, a professor living with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  The film shows how this diagnosis changes her relationships with her friends,…

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This past May, I was fortunate enough to attend  the  Third World Congress on Guardianship which was hosted in the United States.  The Congress brought scholars and Guardians from around the world to share their expertise on methods and advancements in Guardianship practices.  Issues and concerns that US Guardians encounter are similar worldwide. Presently, LSED…

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Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, Inc. (LSED) may become a court appointed Guardian of an individual where the individual has been deemed to be incapacitated by the Erie County Supreme Court. The incapacity could be due to a variety of factors; however, the common denominator is the inability to…

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Here at LSED, our office serves as Court appointed Guardian of the Person and Property of nearly one hundred individuals.   LSED does not petition for Guardianship, but serves when called upon by the Court.   These people for whom LSED serves as Guardian have lost the ability to manage their own affairs, most often due to…

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