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To become a guardian, you must file a petition, pay the filing fee, serve interested persons, and appear at a hearing. Generally, anyone may petition to become guardian.
An emergency guardianship hearing would be warranted when medical decisions are immediately necessary to save the ward from serious injury, illness, or death. Use this form (PDF) to help guide you in determining whether this situation would be considered an emergency.
In a minor guardianship, the petitioner would file in the county where the minor resides or is present at the time the proceeding is commenced.
In a guardianship for an incapacitated individual, the petitioner would file in the county where the incapacitated individual resides or is present. If the incapacitated individual is admitted to an institution by court order, the petitioner would file in the county in which that court is located.