In Special Needs News

That’s a tough one and the answer probably depends on the circumstances. Guardians have a duty to protect the person they are appointed to look after, but they are supposed to do so with the lightest hand possible and to interfere as little as possible in the individual’s personal autonomy. So, perhaps the answer is not that they are allowed to date “whomever they want,” but that the guardian should not interfere unless there’s a real and foreseeable risk.

Harry S. Margolis practices elder law, estate, and special needs planning in Boston and Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is the founder of and answers consumer questions about estate planning issues here and at

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