1. Call our office to discuss guardianship or possible other alternatives. Request a referral form if guardianship is appropriate. Be sure to fill it out completely and send by mail, fax, or email. Once the application has been reviewed and accepted the person will be placed on our waiting list
2. If public guardianship is the better option, You must be willing to testify under oath to the information on your referral form.
3. An Examining Committee will be formed comprised of three (3) professionals. They will visit the person who may need guardianship and make a recommendation to the Probate Judge.
4. There will be a court hearing where the Judge will take into consideration the Examining Committee's report and other testimony. If the person wants to keep the right to make their own decisions, then they will have an opportunity to present evidence and speak at this time.
5. If the Judge makes the determination that guardianship is necessary, then the public guardian is appointed and is responsible to the Court for making medical, residential, and financial decisions to maximize the well-being and safety of the incapacitated person. After the initial report is made, then the Guardian must report at least annually to up date the Court on the medical, financial, and safety conditions of the person.
If you would like to have someone placed on our waiting list please fill out the Intake Referral form and email or fax back to our office. Also, please include your e-mail address on the referral. Click on the link below for whichever county the person resides in.