(1) It is the intent and purpose of the General Assembly to recognize that disabled
persons have varying degrees of disability.
(2) Persons who are only partially disabled must be legally protected without a determination
of total incompetency and without the attendant deprivation of civil and legal rights
that such a determination requires.
(3) To this end, guardianship and conservatorship for disabled persons shall be utilized
only as is necessary to promote their well-being, including protection from neglect,
exploitation, and abuse; shall be designed to encourage the development of maximum
self-reliance and independence in each person; and shall be ordered only to the extent
necessitated by each person's actual mental and adaptive limitations.
(4) If the court determines that some form of guardianship or conservatorship is
necessary, partial guardianship or partial conservatorship shall be the preferred
form of protection and assistance for a disabled person.
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