Maryland Code, Family Law § 14-102

(a) It is the policy of the State that adults who lack the physical or mental capacity to care for their basic daily living needs shall have access to and be provided with needed professional services sufficient to protect their health, safety, and welfare.

(b) The General Assembly intends that the provisions for appointment of public officials as guardian of the person be used sparingly and with utmost caution and only if an alternative does not exist.

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