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Basic Adult Guardianship Services


Empowering Lives Guardianship Services LLC (ELGS)   specializes in working with adults who are in need of a Guardian of the Person as identified in NC General Statute § 35A. In accordance with this law and/or appointment letter, as the Guardian of the Person ELGS will :


  •  Include the individual in the decision making process to the best of their ability

  • Make decisions for care

  • Make decisions for treatment

  • Make decisions on where the individual is to  live

  • Sign all legal documents

  • Work as an advocate

  • Arrange for someone to handle money if needed (ELGS does not handle money)

  • Communicate with the Power of Attorney,  the Guardian of the Estate and health providers

  • Assist the individual in restoring competentcy when appropriate

  • Communicate with the NC Courts on the status of the guardianship for each individual annually or as requested by each County Clerk of Court


In the case of a limited guardianship, ELGS provides guardianship in accordance with the appointment letter and court order.

Crisis Guardianship Services
Level 1:
Guardianship Consultation/Support

Empowering Lives Guardianship Services LLC (ELGS) now offers consultation by telephone or in person to assist those guardians of the persons who need guidance while trying to meet their obligations as the guardian of the person.  This guidance is not legal advice, but guardianship practice guidance. Those receiving consultation services will benefit from Cassandra Massenburg's and Stacey Skradski's combined guardianship experience of over seventeen years in the State of North Carolina and over thirty-eight years combined direct care and care coordination for those individuals who receive mental health, intellectual developmental disability and substance abuse services.  ELGS willl provide guidance to help the guardian of the person navigate the mental health system, the Social Security system and legal system as indicated.



Level 2:

Stabilization Guardianship Services


Empowering Lives Guardianship Services LLC (ELGS)  offers Stabilization Guardianship Services for those individuals in crisis who may benefit from more intensive guardianship services. This intensive need may come from a variety of sources:


  • extremely difficult family interactions requiring management

  • an individual with a severe and persistant mental illness

  • an individual with a two or more diagnoses from the mental health, substance abuse,intellectual developmental disability continuim of care.


This service has a 3 month minimum per individual.

Training and Education


ELGS employs a variety of experts that are able to share their knowledge and experience through training and education.


Areas of expertise include:

  • Educational System and ESS

  • IDD Service System

  • Substance Abuse

  • Social Security

  • MCO Services

  • Disability Resources

  • Documentation

  • Assessment


Topics/Presentations Topics Include:

  • Team Building:

  • Disability Etiquette

  • Adaptations for leisure and home for physical limitations

  • Community Integration

  • Assessment and Documentation

  • Speaking Insurance Language  to get what you need

  • Working with 18-27 year old challenges

  • Setting boundaries for Adults without saying "No"

  • Recovery Focused Guardianship

ELGS is always developing topics of interest and may be able to provide something specifically for your organization or group.  


ELGS also has staff who provide necessary MH/IDD/SAS Staff trainings such at NCI, CPR, and First Aid on their own for a small fee.

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