A legal process, utilized when a minor child has no parent able to care for them, and a family member, friend, or other adult petitions the court to become the child’s legal guardian.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Guardianship?

    Guardianship is a court process by which a person other than a parent is given custody of a child or authority over a child’s assets, if any. A legal guardian is given the authority and responsibility to provide care for a child or to handle the child’s assets or both.


    Appointment of a guardian requires the filing of a petition and the approval by the court. If the court establishes a probate guardianship, the guardianship may be:

    • A guardianship of the person of the child (custody);
    • A guardianship of the child’s estate (property).

    If the court appoints you as a guardian for a child, you will assume important duties and responsibilities. You will become responsible to the court. It is essential that you clearly understand your duties and responsibilities as guardian.

  • Who can be a legal guardian?

    Relatives, friends of the family, or any other interested person may be considered as potential legal guardians.


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