Adult Guardianship

The Superior Court can assign a guardian to care for an adult who cannot care for themselves. First, the court must determine whether a person is incapacitated. Until the court decides, the person is an alleged incapacitated person (AIP). After the court determines incapacitation, they become a protected person or ward.

Examples of incapacitation include:

  • Mental illness or deficiency.
  • Physical illness or disability.
  • Chronic drug use.
  • Chronic alcoholism.
  • Developmental disability.

There are three types of guardianship:

  • Guardianship of the person and estate. The guardian is responsible for the individual’s healthcare and financial management. This applies when the ward also has assets that qualify as an estate.
  • Guardianship of the person only. This applies when the ward needs to be looked after but does not have assets to manage.
  • Guardianship of the estate only. The guardian only manages the ward’s financial affairs.

Court-Appointed Guardian Video Tutorial

Applications and Forms

Guardianship of the Person & Property

Guardianship of the Person

Certificate of Criminal and Civil Judgement