Article 81 of the New York Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) is entitled “Proceedings For Appointment of a Guardian for Personal Needs or Property Management”. Under this statute, a Guardian can be appointed for a person who is found to be incapacitated.
A determination regarding incapacity must be based upon clear and convincing evidence (MHL § 81.02). In most Guardianship cases, the Court will review the functionality of the alleged incapacitated person (AIP). This means that there will be an examination of the AIP’s ability to handle activities of daily living such as the ability to handle finances, shop, cook, take care of personal hygiene and other ordinary daily activities. Continue reading