How Is A Guardianship Or Conservatorship Initiated?
A petition is filed with the Circuit Court of the county or city where the incapacitated person resides, along with a doctor’s statement of the person’s mental and/or physical disabilities and an assessment of the person’s ability to handle his or her affairs. The petition describes the income and assets of the proposed incapacitated. Anyone may file a petition seeking the appointment of a Guardian, a cCnservator, or both, and the petitioner may be appointed to serve in these roles or request that someone else be named. The Guardian or Conservator is often a family member or friend, but an organization or professional can also serve in these capacities.