Guardianship and Trusts Corporation (GTC) serves people who, by reason of developmental disability, mental illness or other impairment of intellect, are unable to make informed and rational decisions about financial, medical and / or other matters.
When the court finds that the person has immediate critical needs but lacks the capacity for proper decision-making and has no one to serve in this capacity, GTC can be named conservator and make all needed arrangements for that person. As conservator GTC is also the guardian of that person, authorized to make all medical decisions, including end-of-life care.
Once authorized, GTC sets support parameters and coordinate the person’s housing, medical care, support services, insurance and benefits. Our goal is to maintain the person in the least restrictive setting possible while overseeing care arrangements intended to increase longevity and improve the quality of life.
GTC takes an oath of conservatorship to serve the needs of each ward, and we do so without regard to the person’s ability to pay. We offset the marginal cost of serving these wards with charitable contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. We believe GTC is the only organization in the Middle Tennessee area providing conservatorship services to indigent wards of the court at no cost.
GTC guardians meet with each ward monthly for an assessment, while coordinating with care, transport, and other providers as needed. GTC maintains a guardian on duty around the clock for medical emergencies, and has recourse to volunteer medical experts on our Board of Directors for consultation when there are difficult treatment decisions to be made.
GTC was founded in 1981 by a disability advocacy organization, responding to
a need to serve in various fiduciary capacities for persons with physical and
mental impairments – in many cases those having no family, friends or others
willing or able to assist them.
An elderly widow without children experiencing increasing frailties and difficulty managing her health care and finances
A middle-aged man with schizophrenia, whose father managed all his affairs before his death, now left with a modest inheritance and siblings in another state
A young woman with developmental disabilities whose parents and grandparents
want to set aside money for her future without jeopardizing Medicaid and Social Security disability benefits
A child affected by medical or other negligence awarded a tort settlement to manage high medical and personal expenses
throughout their lifetime