There might be a moment in your life where someone you love is in need of someone to watch over him or her. Whether it’s you, or someone else, that someone you love needs a guardian to help make decisions based on his or her best interest. If you need to start the guardianship process, chances are that you don’t exactly know what to do. Fortunately, we are able to break it down for you. Here are five steps to become a guardian.
Step 1. Secure a physician’s letter
The purpose of securing a physician’s letter is to have confirmation that an individual is in need of a guardian. The reasons may vary, but with the letter, it can serve as proof that there’s an official recommendation for guardianship.
Step 2. Petition the probate court
You will need to go to the probate court and file petition.
Step 3. Serve notice to all interested parties that require under statute
Depending on the state, there may be different interested parties. Some may have more people that need to be served notice, some may have less. The fact of the matter though is that you must inform everyone who is legally entitled to know this information. Failing to do so can result in negative ramifications.
Step 4. Communicate with a Guardian Ad Litem
A guardian ad litem is a guardian that a court appoints to watch after someone during a case. Having a good, communicative relationship with the guardian ad litem is important.
Step 5. Attend the hearing
This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you’re interested in becoming a guardian, it figures that you would have to attend the hearing, right? Well, believe it or not, some people think that they can just skip the hearing and get named the guardian. If only it were that simple, but it’s not.
That’s it, those are five steps to become a guardian. With that said, this entire process of guardianship, as well as conservatorship is arduous when doing it alone. That’s why you should hire a probate attorney who can do the difficult work for you. The Probate Pro makes sure that this process goes by fast and everyone gets what they need in the end. If you’re looking to become a guardian, or know someone who is looking to become a guardian, give us a call today at (877)-YOUR-FIRM and we’ll start working with you toward your desired goal.