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Court-Appointed Guardianship

When a Baltimore County resident 65 or older becomes unable to make decisions about his or her care or personal affairs due to a disabling condition, the Court can be petitioned to appoint a Guardian of Person and/or Property to make decisions for the individual. The Court holds a hearing to determine the facts in the situation.

The Court will generally appoint family or friends if they are willing to assume this decision-making responsibility. When family or friends cannot be appointed, as a last resort, the Court can appoint the Director of the Department of Aging as the Guardian of Person. The Director and the Guardianship Program staff provide case management services to the individual and make all decisions relating to the person's care and living arrangements as ordered by the Court.

Revised June 13, 2012

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