The Guardianship Saturday program pairs Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher attorneys and staff with the families of mentally-disabled individuals in need of legal assistance. The program was designed to assist the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC) provide representation to families seeking to obtain guardianship of a mentally-disabled family member after they reach the age of independence.
Over the past three years, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and AHRC have twice hosted Guardianship Saturday, a day-long event during which attorneys and staff meet with their new clients at our New York office to begin the process of obtaining legal guardianship. Over the following months, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher attorneys and staff shepherd these families through the guardianship process by creating a sound plan for current and future guardianship rights, obtaining medical certification of the loved one’s disabilities, and often appearing in Surrogate’s Court to address any opposition and finalize the process. Attorneys and staff have also volunteered to take on guardianship matters at other points during the year, transforming the Guardianship Saturday event into a year-long program. Through its support of the Guardianship Saturday program, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher provides an invaluable service to families wishing to provide comfort and support for their loved ones long into the future.