Adult Guardianship

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This information is not intended to be legal advice, but a brief explanation of the basic procedure that is required.  Probate Court personnel cannot give legal advice about your particular situation or complete your forms for you. You are not required to have an attorney; however, the Court cannot act as your attorney. If you do not understand process or have questions on what to do, you will need to obtain other assistance.

Guardianship of an Adult

When an adult is no longer able to make decisions or care for themselves, a Petition may be filed asking the Court to appoint a guardian for that adult. Any person interested in the welfare of the adult may file this petition.

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Petition to Modify/Terminate Guardianship of an Adult

If a change needs to be made to the guardianship, a petition to modify the guardianship can be filed. If the guardianship is no longer needed, a petition to terminate the guardianship can be filed.  

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Annual Report for Adult Guardianship

Each year, the guardian must complete an Annual Report to file with the Court and must mail a copy of this report interested parties. This report is due once a year. The due date can be found on the second page of the Letters of Guardianship.  

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Guardianship of a Developmentally Disabled Individual

If an adult is not able to make decisions or care for themselves because of a mental or physical condition that existed before the age of 22 and that condition is likely to continue indefinitely, a petition may be filed to request that the Court appoint a guardian for the developmentally disabled person. Any person interested in the welfare of the developmentally disabled person may file this petition.

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Petition to Modify/Terminate Guardianship of a Developmentally Disabled Individual

If a change needs to be made to the guardianship, a petition to modify the guardianship can be filed. If the guardianship is no longer needed, a petition to terminate the guardianship can be filed.  

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Annual Report for a Developmentally Disabled Individual

Each year, the guardian must complete an Annual Report to file with the Court. This report is due once a year. The due date can be found on the second page of the Letters of Guardianship.  

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Additional resources 

Handbook for Guardians of Adults 

Alternatives to Guardianships

Frequently Asked Questions

Self Help Legal Resource Center of Berrien County 

Legal Resource and Referral Center 

Michigan Legal Help