Many people operate under the assumption that, in the event they are unable to care for themselves, a friend or family member will step up to manage their financial, legal, and medical affairs. New York State Mental Hygiene Law proscribes legal interventions which can be taken on behalf of an incapacitated person. These proceedings can be complex and challenging and can vary depending on the nature of the incapacity. There are many basic decisions that cannot be made until the family agrees upon, or the court identifies, a guardian for an incapacitated individual. Join Laura Brancato, Esq., to discuss mental health issues and the law, specifically the types of incapacity that are addressed by Article 81 and Article 9.