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Pro Se Legal Advocacy

SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. assists family members and others who need to become the legal guardian of a person with developmental disabilities using the pro se process. Pro se is a Latin phrase meaning “for oneself” and is used as a legal term to describe representing oneself in the judicial system. In the guardianship process, this means the person who starts the legal proceedings for guardianship, also known as the plaintiff or petitioner, will petition the court without hiring an attorney.

Our agency has assisted over 600 families with this process.

Assisting families in Sussex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, and Warren counties, SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. works to make an overwhelming and confusing process more manageable. Families working with our Pro Se Legal Advocacy Program are able to obtain guardianship of their family member at a greatly reduced rate. Additionally, SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. can assist income eligible families with all or some of the fees.

Our agency will guide you through the process by providing you with information about the necessary steps and documents from start to finish. When your child is 17 ½ years of age or older, please contact SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. for an application to begin the guardianship process. Families working with SCARC Guardianship Services, Inc. staff are carefully guided through the process and are grateful for the professional and personal services provided. To find out more about the Pro Se Legal Advocacy Program, please contact Jennifer Case at 973-383-8104 x235 or jcase@scarcguardianship.org.

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