If you don’t feel he/she is able to carry that responsibility, you will need to contact your county Surrogate’s court in order to apply for guardianship.
The Commission for Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities provides a fact sheet at this on-line site: and the forms for filing for guardianship here. Additionally, you may call them with questions at (518) 388-2892 and ask to speak to the Director of the Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) program.
- Health Care Proxy Form - The New York Health Care Proxy Law allows you to appoint someone you trust — for example, a family member or close friend – to make health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. By appointing a health care agent, you can make sure that health care providers follow your wishes.