Filing for Guardianship over an Adult

How to Open an Adult Guardianship Case

If you want to be the guardian over an adult, there are many forms you must fill out to open a case.  The forms tell the judge about you, anyone who wants to be a co-guardian with you, the person you want to be the guardian over, and why 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 to be a guardian, you have to “serve” a copy of the Petition and the Citation on the adult, many of the adult's relatives, and possibly some other agencies. The court does not serve these documents for you; you have 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 Adult Guardianship Hearing

After you are appointed the guardian, there are several more forms that you must file with the court. Some forms are required immediately, and some will be filed in the future.  Read on for information about what must be filed and when.  

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