Family Forum: Guardianship

Published: September 26, 2011


On Wednesday, June 1, 2011, Bridgewell held a family engagement event to provide families and guardians an opportunity to learn more about guardianship.

The event entitled Family Forum: Guardianship included a panel discussion led by Attorney Richard Garmil and Bridgewell staff: Director of Residential Services Bonnie Smarsh, Director of Health Care Jane Bell and Chief Operations Officer Kelly Johnson.

The panel discussed:

  • Types of guardianship including full and limited
  • Health Care Proxy/Advanced Directives
  • Rep payee guidelines
  • How to partner with Bridgewell to maximize the quality of service

Click here to download a fact sheet explaining guardianship, rep payee and health care proxy.


Representative Payee: Social Security Administration
Health Care Proxy and Advanced Directives: Massachusetts Medical Society
Guardianship: Massachusetts Guardianship Association

If you would like to contact Attorney Richard Garmil directly:

The Law Offices of Richard G. Garmil, Three Washington Square, Suite 22, Haverhill, MA 01830
Phone: (978) 372-4300 or Email:

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