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Guardianship of an Incompetent Adult

What is a Guardian?

A guardian is an individual appointed by Probate Court to protect, make decisions for, and act for a person who is incompetent. The person who needs a guardian is known as a ward. A guardian of an adult, once appointed by the Court, will receive Letters of Authority to act as legal guardian of the ward.


How the Court determines that a person needs a guardian?


Types of Adult Guardianships:


Rights of the Ward:

Duties of a Guardian:

Court Actions possible during a Guardianship:

How do I become a Guardian?


Court Actions in preparation for the guardianship:


Forms to File with the Court:

Form 17.0 [1]  – Application for Appointment of Guardian of an Alleged Incompetent

Form GA.6 [2] – Addendum to Application for Appointment of Guardian

Form 17.1 [3] – Statement of Expert Evaluation

Form 15.0 [4] – Next of Kin of Proposed Ward

Form 15.1 [5] – Waiver and Consent

Form 15.2 [6] – Fiduciary’s Acceptance Guardian

Form 15.3 [7] – Guardian’s Bond (determined at the hearing)

Form GA-M.10 [8]Non-Public Record Information

Form GA-M.12 [9]Guardian’s Credibility Application

Fill out these forms after you have been appointed Guardian:

Form 15.5 [10]Guardian’s Inventory

Form 15.6 [11]Application for Authority to Release Funds

Form 15.7 [12]Application for Authority to Expend Funds/Order

Form 17.7 [13]Guardian’s Report

Form 17.8 [14] – Plan For Guardianship

Form 17.1 [3]Statement of Expert Evaluation


Guardian’s Account:

Form 15.8 [15] – Guardian’s Account


Filing Fee: