What do you do if your grandfather, who lives alone and can no longer cook for himself, won't leave his home for a nursing home or assisted living facility?
What do you do if your aunt can no longer manage her finances but seems capable of caring for herself in her small apartment?
These questions and others are answered in the new edition of the Guardianship Handbook, now published for the first time in Spanish, with support from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. Copies of both Spanish and English translations are available here.
The 2011 Edition was revised and updated by Virginia Rowthorn, JD, Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program, and Ellen Callegary, JD, a prominent elder law and disability lawyer in Maryland.
The authors updated the Handbook to reflect changes in guardianship law over the last two decades and to respond to the need for practical, easy-to-read advice about guardianship for elderly and disabled Maryland residents.
The handbook includes a comprehensive list of alternatives to the formal guardianship process, which can be time-consuming, sweeping and, in some cases, unnecessary to address many problems associated with a person's lack of decision-making capacity.
The Handbook is available at no charge to attorneys and laypeople throughout the state. All or portions of it can be duplicated and distributed without charge with proper attribution to the UM Carey Law’s Law & Health Care Program and the Maryland State Bar Association.
“Guardianship and Its Alternatives: A Handbook on Maryland Law” was originally written by UM Carey Law Professor Joan O'Sullivan, a champion for the legal rights of the elderly, who passed away in 2007. The 2011 edition was supported by funds from the Law & Health Care Program, the Rueben Shiling Mental Health Law Fund, the Dr. Richard H. Heller Fund, and the Maryland Bar Foundation. It is published by the Law & Health Care Program at Maryland Carey Law and the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association.