The permanent guardianship can be used by mom or dad or whoever the petitioner is to get control of the other person, the respondent’s medical decisions, financial decisions and access to the medical records. What really is the determining factor is whether or not the addiction issue, the mental illness issue is an ongoing problem. In other words, is it going to be longer than say 90 days or 180 days, which is the typical period for an emergency temporary guardianship. If it is, it’s going to give the petitioner the ability on a long term basis to make decisions for that person who is dealing with a long term illness or disease.

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