Guardianship

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Guardianship of Incompetent Person 

Is used when a person over the age of 18 has a developmental disability or a doctor will complete an evaluation stating that the person is incompetent. It may be necessary to hire an attorney to assist you with this procedure. A Guardian ad Litem MUST be hired to represent the proposed Ward.

You may come to the Register in Probate Office to purchase a forms packet for a fee or click on Guardianship of Individual Guideline [PDF] for a listing of the forms required and steps which need to be taken in this type of guardianship.

Click on Guardian Powers [PDF] for more information on a Guardian's duties and responsibilities.

Guardianship of Minor 

Is used when a person is under the age of 18.

You may come to the Register in Probate Office to purchase a forms packet for a fee or click on Minor Guardianship Guideline [PDF] for a listing of the forms required and steps which need to be taken in this type of guardianship. It may be necessary to hire an attorney to assist you with this procedure. A Guardian ad Litem MUST be hired to represent the proposed Ward.

Protective Placement 

May be required by statute with an adult guardianship. Please refer to Wis. Stat. 55.

You may come to the Register in Probate Office to purchase a forms packet for a fee or click on Protective Placement/Services Guideline [PDF] for a listing of the forms required and steps which need to be taken in this type of guardianship.

Appointment of Successor Guardian (Without a Hearing)

If a Guardian is no longer able to act for any reason, including death, a Successor Guardian may be appointed by completing the Successor Guardian procedure.  You may come to the Register in Probate Office for a forms packet or click on Appointment of Successor Guardian Guideline[PDF] for a listing of the forms required and steps which need to be taken in this type of proceeding.

Appointment of Standby or Successor Guardian (With a Hearing)

If there is opposition to the appointment of a Successor Guardian or if you are petitioning for a Standby Guardian (someone who will assume the duties of the present guardian if he/she dies, becomes incapacitated or resigns), a hearing will be required.  You may come to the Register in Probate Office for a forms packet or click on Appointment of Standby or Successor Guardian Guideline [PDF] for a listing of the forms required and steps which need to be taken in this type of proceeding.  It may be necessary to hire an attorney to assist you with this procedure.  A Guardian ad Litem MUST be hired to represent the Ward.

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