There are three types of guardianships granted and overseen by the Probate Court: guardianships for minors, guardianships for adults and guardianships for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Adult guardianships are used when an individual is impaired by mental illness, mental deficiency, physical illness or disability, chronic use of drugs, chronic intoxication or other cause so that they lack sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate informed decisions and need someone to make such decisions for them.
Developmentally disabled guardianships are used when an individual who is over five years of age has a severe, chronic condition which meets certain requirements. A guardianship for a developmentally disabled person should be undertaken only to promote and protect the well-being of the ward and encourage the development of maximum self-reliance for the ward.
The Court appoints volunteers as investigators to gather information from different sources and prepare a written report. Find more information on investigations and volunteering.
Minor guardianships are used to provide legal authority for adults, other than the parents of the minor, to take care of the minor for a short or long time because the parent or parents of the minor are unwilling or unable to safely and adequately care for their child.