Learn how to assess your child’s ability to make their own decisions as they enter adulthood, and apply for legal permission to help them if appropriate.
Once your child is 18, you no longer have the right to make decisions for them unless you go through a process to get official permission. You’ll have to figure out how well they can make their own decisions about money, healthcare, education, and housing, and understand the consequences of those decisions.
This Guide will help you learn what you can do if your family member can’t make these decisions on their own or needs some help. We can’t promise that you will get the perfect outcome, but we can help you see what your options are – such as health proxy, power of attorney, tutorship, and interdiction — and walk you through the processes.
This Guide will help you:
- Identify your or your child’s capacity for decision-making
- Explore the options available based on that capacity
- Learn how to apply for different levels of legal status
- Connect with organizations that can support you in this process
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This guide includes information specific to Louisiana. If you live in another state, you may still find this guide useful.