The Application. To begin the guardianship process, the Applicant must file an Application with the Court requesting to be appointed as the Guardian of the Ward. The Application must be filed with a doctor's letter stating that the Ward lacks the capacity to care for him or herself.
The Ad Litem Attorney. Once the Application and Doctor's letter has been filed, the Court must appoint an attorney ad litem to represent the proposed Ward. After the ad litem is appointed, he/she will normally speak with the proposed Ward, the family or any caretakers to determine whether he/she believes a guardian should be appointed.
The Hearing. After the ad litem has determined that a guardianship is needed, the next step is the hearing. At the hearing, the Court will appoint a guardian of the person, guardian of the estate or both.
Qualification. Once the guardian has been appointed by the Court, he/she must qualify as the guardian. To qualify the guardian must take an Oath and post a Bond.
Guardian of the Person: After qualifying, guardian of the person must file an annual report providing information about the Ward's condition.
Guardian of the Estate: As for guardian of the estate, the guardian has several requirements, which may include: