SUMMIT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS - PROBATE DIVISION
JUDGE ELINORE MARSH STORMER

I Want To Become a Guardian

I Want To Become a Guardian

Dec 3, 2014

Probate Court offers three types of guardianships depending on the needs and age of the proposed ward. An Adult Guardianship is established for a person over the age of 18 who is unable to manage their own care. Guardianship of a Minor is for a child under the age of 18 who has no living parents or whose parents are unable to properly care for the child. A third type, a Conservatorship, is established for a person who is mentally competent but has physical or some mental limitations.

All potential guardians must complete appropriate forms to start the process.

To view a series of helpful videos on guardianship, please click on: > Guardianship Training Videos


 

Filing a Guardianship of an Incompetent Adult

Filing a Guardianship of an Incompetent Adult is for an individual over 18 years old, (the proposed ward), who is “so mentally impaired and medically in need that they are incapable of taking proper care of themselves or their property.” A guardian may be appointed for the Person of the ward – making personal/medical decisions for them, for the Estate of the ward – making financial decisions or both.

Potential guardians must pass a background check and present proof of incompetence of the proposed ward. Once a guardianship application is filed, and a medical assessment is complete, the Court will determine if a guardianship is in the best interest of the person in question. If so, the Court appoints a guardian.

Follow this link for more information:

Instructions for Filing a Guardianship of an Incompetent Adult

The Court requires BCI Background Checks for all guardians which check for any past criminal record that would exclude an individual from becoming a guardian.
For information on obtaining a BCI Background Check, click BCI Background Check.

Once an individual becomes a guardian, the Court provides an initial training session as well as continued training on guardianship-related topics. The link below provides numerous training videos for guardians.

Upon appointment as a guardian, you will receive a copy of our updated Guardian’s Handbook, which was revised on 02/01/2016.

Guardian Handbook

After appointment, a guardian has ongoing responsibilities including annual filings. A Guardian of the Estate must keep all financial records and file accountings with the Court.

Volunteer Guardian Program
Guardianship – FAQ’s


 

Filing a Guardianship of a Minor

Filing a Guardianship of a Minor is used when one of the three following situations exists:

  • A person under the age of 18 has no living parents or whose parents are unable to properly care for the child.
  • A guardian of a minor is appointed when a minor receives money or property in excess of $25,000.
  • The Court may appoint a guardian when an emergency occurs and significant injury may occur unless immediate action is taken.

Follow this link for more information:

Instructions for Filing a Guardianship of a Minor

BCI Background Checks are required of all guardians which check for any past criminal record that would exclude an individual from becoming a guardian.
For information on obtaining a BCI Background Check, click BCI Background Check.

Once an individual becomes a guardian, the Court provides an initial training session as well as continued training on guardianship-related topics. The link below provides numerous training videos for guardians.

Upon appointment as a guardian, you will receive a copy of our updated Guardian’s Handbook, which was revised on 02/01/2016.

Minor Guardian Handbook (Under Revision)
Volunteer Guardian Program
Guardianship – FAQ’s


 

Filing an Application for Conservatorship

Filing an Application for Conservatorship is designed for an individual who has physical or some mental limitations but is mentally competent. The person for whom the conservatorship is sought must agree. There are two types of Conservatorships:

  • Person – has custody of and protects the individual, making decisions for them.
  • Estate – controls and protects the assets or property of the individual.

Follow this link for more information:

Instructions for Filing an Application for Conservatorship

BCI Background Checks are required of all guardians which check for any past criminal record that would exclude an individual from becoming a guardian.
For information on obtaining a BCI Background Check, click BCI Background Check.

Once an individual becomes a guardian, the Court provides an initial training session as well as continued training on guardianship-related topics. The link below provides numerous training videos for guardians.

Upon appointment as a guardian, you will receive a copy of our updated Guardian’s Handbook, which was revised on 02/01/2016.

Guardian Handbook
Volunteer Guardian Program
Guardianship – FAQ’s