My girlfriend's son is autistic and they just had to do guardianship for him. she said he is in transition programming now. they had no charge and the county pays if they have no money. Since we just had a thread talking about it, thought I'd share... http://autismlawcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/factsheetguardianship.pdf there is a handout at this site for special needs trusts too. Other counties in the country will do things differently but the basic info is the same.