After the Child Guardianship Hearing
After the guardianship has been approved by the judge, there are several more forms that the guardians must complete and file. Some forms are required immediately, and some will be filed in the future throughout the life of the guardianship case. Read on for information about what must be filed and when.
Congratulations! The court has appointed you the guardian! You are done filing things at the court now, right? Not quite . . .
Guardians have to file a few more forms right after being appointed to wrap up the initial guardianship case, and are then required to file more forms periodically with the court. The forms you will need and the deadlines to file them depend on whether you were appointed guardian over the person, guardian over the estate, or both. The complete list of forms and deadlines is below:
The forms on this page are all of the regularly required forms for guardianship cases. You may need to request court permission to do something on behalf of the child in the future, such as move out of Nevada, access funds, or sell property. For information and forms on how to get the court's approval for future actions, please visit Getting Additional Court Orders.
Guardian's Acknowledgment of Duties
Guardians have many responsibilities. Once appointed, each guardian must complete a form acknowledging all of the duties and responsibilities they are accepting. This is explained more fully on the Powers and Duties of a Guardian page.
The judge might have you fill out this form while you are in court. If not, select the form that applies to the type of guardianship you were granted, and initial every line to let the court know you understand the responsibilities you are accepting. Each guardian must complete a separate form. File this form with the Clerk's Office.
The Order Appointing Guardian
This is the order the judge signs when you are appointed the guardian. The judge usually gives this to you at the hearing. If not, you will have to complete this form and turn it into the judge's drop box. Once the judge signs the order, take it to the Clerk's Office for filing.
Notice of Entry of Order Appointing Guardian
After you are appointed the guardian, you must send a copy of the Order Appointing Guardian to all of the same people you had to notify of the original proceedings. Fill out this form, attach a copy of the Order Appointing Guardian, and file it with the Clerk's Office. After you file the form, mail a copy to every relative and agency you served before.
Letters of Guardianship
The letters of guardianship are the proof that you have the power to act as guardian. You have no legal authority to act as guardian until the letters of guardianship are issued! This is the proof you will need to show to anyone who needs to verify that you have the power to act on behalf of the child.
The judge may have issued this for you at the hearing. If not, each guardian must complete a separate form. Complete as much of the form as you can, but do not sign the second page. This form must be filed in person at the courthouse. Bring the form to the courthouse and ask to see the Issuing Clerk. The Issuing Clerk will administer the Oath of Guardian, have you sign the form, and will then stamp and file the form.
If you were appointed the guardian over the child's estate and the judge required you to establish a "blocked account," the Issuing Clerk cannot approve the letters of guardianship until proof of the blocked account is filed. See the information below for Guardians Over the Estate for more information about this.
Due Every Year:
Report of the Guardian. The guardian must file a yearly report letting the court know how the children are doing. A separate report should be completed for each child.
The guardian should also provide the court with the child's report cards, immunization records, and any medical records related to any significant health problems the child has experienced. The documents are filed separately and confidentially. The guardian should gather those documents and attach them to the Confidential Medical/Educational Information Sheet below. Make sure this is filed along with the Report of the Guardian.
Proof of Blocked Account. A blocked account may be ordered to protect the child's assets. Once blocked, money cannot be withdrawn from the account without a court order (find out how to get a court order later by visiting Getting Additional Court Orders).
Check the Order Appointing Guardian to find out if the judge ordered the child's funds to be placed into a "blocked account" at a financial institution. If the judge ordered a blocked account, you must go to the financial institution, ask them to block the account, and have an officer at the financial institution complete the "Proof of Blocked Account." Once complete, file it with the court.
Due Within 60 Days of Appointment:
Inventory, Appraisal, and Record of Value. The guardian must provide the court with an inventory of all the child's assets. The inventory includes a list of all the property, money, and any other assets belonging to the child. The judge may order an appraisal in some cases. If so, an appraiser, CPA, or expert in valuations must complete the form. Once completed, this form must be signed in front of a notary and filed with the court.
Monthly Budget. The judge may have ordered the guardian to prepare a monthly budget showing the monthly income and expenses of the child.
If the court required the child's funds to be held in a "blocked account," the guardian will need court permission to access those accounts and pay the expenses in the budget. If so, you can download the packet below and follow all instructions to ask court permission to access the account.
Due Every Year:
Accounting. Check the Order Appointing Guardian to find out if the court is requiring the guardian to file regular accountings. If so, the guardian must provide the court with an accounting of the child's assets, income, and expenses every year. A hearing is required for this so the judge can approve the annual accounting.
All of the forms needed to file the accounting, set a hearing, serve the relatives, and have the judge sign an order approving the accounting are included in the following packet. Please download the packet and follow all of the included instructions.
If you need extra time to file your annual accounting, you can file paperwork asking the court for an extension. Download the Request to Extend Time to File Accounting Packet (pdf) and complete all three included forms. File the first form (the petition) at the court, and submit the second form (the order) to the Guardianship department for consideration. If approved, you must send a copy of the order to all required persons, then file the third form (the notice of entry of order) as proof.