Age of majority is a legal definition that means that a person is legally an adult and responsible for the majority of his or her actions. In Georgia, the age of majority is 18.
Find the Age of Majority by State.
Almost all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants living in the U.S., who are ages 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. Since there is no draft currently in effect and men are not being classified for service, men with disabilities, clergymen, and men who believe themselves to be conscientiously opposed to war must also register.
Register for the Draft Online.
Supported decision-making is an alternative to guardianship. It allows individuals with disabilities to make choices about their own lives with support from people they know and trust. Supported decision-making promotes self-determination, control, and autonomy and fosters independence.
Find out more about Supported Decision Making
Watch the video to learn how Supported Decision Making can incorporate person-centered planning when a person might have difficulty making choices.
Fact Sheet for Georgia’s Parents – Decision-Making Options for Young Adults with Disabilities
Supported Decision Making Handout
Is Guardianship My Only Option?
Decision-Making (Spanish Version)
Guardianship Myths (Spanish Version)
Future Decisions (Spanish Version)
Resources in a Financial Plan (Spanish Version)
Special Needs Trusts vs. ABLE Accounts (Spanish Version)
How to Save Money (Spanish Version)
Power of Attorney for Education -Sample Form
Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare
Guardianship is when a court appoints a person (a guardian) to make certain decisions for another person (a ward). The court must determine that the ward is unable to make those decisions on their own. Guardianship can take away a person’s rights to decide to marry, make contracts, consent to medical treatment, establish a residence, and bring or defend an action in court.
Information on Guardianship and Alternatives in Georgia
Handbook for Guardians and Conservators of Adults in Georgia
Thinking about Guardianship? A Guide produced by GCDD
Guardianship Law in Georgia (Department of Human Services)
Watch the P2P Webinar on Guardianship and Estate Planning for Beneficiaries with Disabilities with Attorney David Pollan.
Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (also known as a 529A Savings Plan) allows eligible individuals with disabilities to have money set aside in savings without losing access to Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. See more information about the ABLE Act.
Planning for the future needs of your children is different when you have a child with a disability. Families should consider how to protect their child’s access to necessary government services while meeting all of their needs.
Find out more about Estate Planning for your Child with a Disability.
Special Needs Trusts – Frequently Asked Questions
Watch the P2P Webinar: Tax Preparations for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Watch the P2P Webinar: Individual Development Accounts
Financial Planning for Special Needs Families Checklist