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Below you can find information about specific alternatives to guardianship to get you started. You can use these options in place of or alongside guardianship. Click on each category to see what alternatives are available and access our guides in English and Spanish.

Supported Decision-Making: Informal and Formal

A system of support for an individual in various areas of their life and/or A written plan identifies individuals to assist in key areas of life, such as financial, health/medical, and daily living.

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Foster Care 18-21

Continued supportive and financial services for young adults aging out of foster care at age 18.

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Simple Financial Tools

An account that allows another person to help pay bills and manage money. Check with your financial institution.

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ABLE Account

A tax-advantaged savings account for disability expenses.

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Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits

Provides financial management of Social Security benefits.

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Fiduciary for Veteran’s Benefits

Provides financial management of VA pension benefits.

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Living Trust

A legal arrangement for an individual who is having difficulty managing property or assets themselves.

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Special Needs Trust

A legal arrangement allows an individual with a disability to preserve assets while maintaining eligibility for government benefits.

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Power of Attorney (Durable/General)

A legal document giving someone the right to conduct financial business on behalf of someone else without a court order.

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Health Care Power of Attorney

A legal document giving someone the right to make health care decisions on behalf of someone else.

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Living Will or Advance Directive

A legal document that sets out an individual’s desires for medical care and treatment when they can no longer communicate and are near the end of life.

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Advance Instruction for Mental Health Treatment

A legal document in which an individual indicates what treatment and care for mental health conditions they want if they cannot communicate their wishes.

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Power of Attorney (Durable/General)

A legal document giving someone the right to conduct financial business on behalf of someone else without a court order.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)

Supported Decision-Making: Informal and Formal

A system of support for an individual in various areas of their life and/or A written plan identifies individuals to assist in key areas of life, such as financial, health/medical, and daily living.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)


Foster Care 18-21

Continued supportive and financial services for young adults aging out of foster care at age 18.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)


Simple Financial Tools

An account that allows another person to help pay bills and manage money. Check with your financial institution.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)


ABLE Account

A tax-advantaged savings account for disability expenses.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)


Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits

Provides financial management of Social Security benefits.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)


Fiduciary for Veteran’s Benefits

Provides financial management of VA pension benefits.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)


Living Trust

A legal arrangement for an individual who is having difficulty managing property or assets themselves.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)


Special Needs Trust

A legal arrangement allows an individual with a disability to preserve assets while maintaining eligibility for government benefits.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish) 

 


Power of Attorney (Durable/General)

A legal document giving someone the right to conduct financial business on behalf of someone else without a court order.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)


Health Care Power of Attorney

A legal document giving someone the right to make health care decisions on behalf of someone else.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)


Living Will or Advance Directive

A legal document that sets out an individual’s desires for medical care and treatment when they can no longer communicate and are near the end of life.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)


Advance Instruction for Mental Health Treatment

A legal document in which an individual indicates what treatment and care for mental health conditions they want if they cannot communicate their wishes.

Full Guide (English)

Full Guide (Spanish)