Guardianship proceedings are often needed when an individual loses the mental capacity to act in one or more areas. When mental capacity is lost, the individual is no longer able to enter into a valid legal contract or give informed consent to medical procedures. A guardianship is a legal adjudication of the need for a substitute decision maker. Rhode Island Probate Courts aspire to tailor guardianships in the least restrictive manner and preserve as much independence and autonomy as possible. When faced with the need for a guardianship, the experience and insight of our attorneys can help families cope with the limitations of a loved one.