WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE SERVICES FROM GAN?
Services of GAN are available to non-professional or "lay" guardians. The lay guardian may be a family member or a close friend of the incapacitated person or "IP."GAN is not able to assist professional guardians or individuals planning to seek appointment as guardians.
HOW GAN HELPS
- Take the steps needed to become official guardian with power to act on behalf of your ward (incapacitated person or "IP"), such as fulfilling the Art. 81 training requirement and getting the "commission".
- Set up a Guardian bank account.
- Write reports and accountings required by the court.
- Provide referrals for services and for help applying for government benefits.
- Make a plan for the ward that allows as much independence as possible.
- Locate resources that will help you care for your ward.
TRAINING FOR LAY GUARDIANS
GAN offers the legally required court-approved Art. 81 training designed especially for lay guardians. This 4 hour training, taught by GAN staff and guest lecturers who are familiar with Guardianship, is offered live and online. Live trainings are held in Kings County Supreme Court four times a year.
In addition to the court ordered Art. 81 training for guardians, GAN periodically offers workshops and presentations on writing annual reports and on topics of interest to lay guardians that help maximize the incapacitated person’s (IP) safety, wellbeing and independence. Unlike the Art. 81 legally required training, these workshops and presentations are voluntary.