Guardianship and Conservatorship over another person are available when a person is unable to take care of their personal and financial affairs. Proceedings for determination of legal disability and appointment of guardianship and/or conservatorship take place in the district court where the respondent lives. Guardianship takes care of personal affairs or day-to-day activities, while conservatorship handles the respondent’s financial affairs.
Our office can assist with the preparation of the petition for guardianship, and as a party to the action, we will appear at all hearings and will assist with the presentation of evidence until a disposition is entered. In order to file a petition for guardianship, our office requires that the petitioner provide a recently signed note from a doctor or nurse practitioner stating that the respondent needs a guardian and/or conservator. If the petitioner is requesting an emergency appointment be made, the doctor’s note must explicitly state that the respondent needs an emergency guardian. Petitioners may also file this paperwork directly with the Clerk’s Office or with the assistance of a private attorney.