How the guardian advocate process differs from the other options
- The guardian advocate process was created specifically for individuals with developmental disabilities unlike the guardianship process. Because of this, the guardian advocate process is shorter and simpler compared to the guardianship process (but is more complicated than the estate planning process).
- The guardian advocate process requires the adult with developmental disabilities to have previously been diagnosed with a learning disability prior to turning 18 years old. Because of this a panel interview is not required to find the adult with developmental disabilities to be incapacitated.
- The guardian advocate process does not require the adult with developmental disabilities to be found "incapacitated" by the court.
- Like the guardianship process, a lawyer will be assigned to the adult with developmental disabilities if they don't have their own. The process requires a court hearing before a judge to determine if they need decision making help, and what areas the help is needed in.