Guardianship

Family is more valuable than any business or tangible asset. And yet, many individuals spend extensive time and money planning for the disposition of their assets upon death without giving much thought to the care of their family. The law allows responsible adults to name other responsible adults as the financial or physical guardians of anyone under that person’s care.

Guardianship

COMMONLY ASKED GUARDIANSHIP QUESTIONS

Who is eligible for a guardian?

An adult who is adjudged incompetent or a minor.

Who is eligible to act as a guardian?

The probate court can appoint any adult who resides in Ohio as a guardian.

How is the process started?

By filing an application for guardianship. The application includes the general application, entry setting a hearing, notices, guardian’s acceptance, guardian’s credibility application, background checks, expert evaluations, bond, and various other necessary documentation.

Do the courts remain involved throughout the guardianship?

By filing an application for guardianship. The application includes the general application, entry setting a hearing, notices, guardian’s acceptance, guardian’s credibility application, background checks, expert evaluations, bond, and various other necessary documentation.

Do the courts remain involved throughout the guardianship?

Yes. Regular court supervision is required. The guardian is required to file certain regular reports with the courts to include inventories, accountings, reports and the like.

What types of guardianships exist?
  • Guardian of the person
  • Guardian of the estate
  • Limited guardianships
  • Interim Guardianships
  • Emergency guardianships
When does a guardianship end?

A guardianship terminates when the ward becomes competent or reaches adulthood. A guardianship may also be terminated upon motion with the court.

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