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What to Consider Before Turning 18

 Rights at Age of Majority

  • What does this mean?
    The Age of Majority is the transfer of all of the rights and responsibilities of adulthood to the student when he/she turns 18.  This includes the right to vote, register for the armed services, and be capable of and responsible for handling his/her own affairs and any legal obligations created by his/her actions.
  • What if I have questions about my student’s ability to manage his/her own affairs because of a mental disability?    
    There are several options to help you assist your student in managing his/her affairs while still allowing for individual decisions about his/her life.  The website below answers frequently asked questions ranging from guardianship to many less restrictive options.  http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/faq-guardianship

 For more information, contact a Mercer County Board of DD Services Support Administrator at: 419-586-2369

Further Information from the Ohio State Bar Association: 

Now You’re 18 

Guardianships   https://www.ohiobar.org/ForPublic/Resources/LawFactsPamphlets/Pages/lawfactspamphlet-10.aspx

Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney