Filing for Guardianship over an Adult

How to Open an Adult Guardianship Case

If you would like to ask the court to be appointed the guardian over an adult, there are a number of forms you must fill out to open a case.  The forms will tell the judge about you, anyone who wants to be a co-guardian with you, the person you are asking to be the guardian over, and the reason the guardianship is needed.  Read on for more information about the forms you must complete and how to open a case.

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Serving the Adult and the Relatives

When you file paperwork asking to be named a guardian, you are required to “serve” a copy of the Petition and the Citation on the proposed adult ward, many of the adult's relatives, and possibly some other agencies. The court does not serve these documents for you; you are required to make sure they are properly served. Visit this section to find out how to properly serve the relatives and any other required agencies. 

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The Adult Guardianship Hearing

After filing and serving the guardianship papers, the proposed guardians and the adult over whom the guardianship is requested must appear at a hearing in front of a judge.  The judge will then decide whether to grant the guardianship.  Read this section to find out the things you must do before the guardianship hearing and what to expect at the hearing.

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After the Hearing

After the guardianship has been approved by the judge, there are several more forms that the guardians must make sure are filed with the court. 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.  

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