Being a guardian for your loved one is an important responsibility. For those individuals who aren’t “professional” guardians, the responsibilities can be confusing and overwhelming, especially during the first year when you are getting used to your new role as guardian. Here are a few tips to help with your role as guardian:
- File and serve your Personal Well Being Report/Annual Notice of Right to Petition for Restoration on time. It’s due on the anniversary of your appointment as guardian. The forms can be found on the Minnesota District Court Website under the “Annual Reporting Forms” section.
- You can’t just dispose of personal belongings of the ward. You need to first give Notice to the ward and interested persons of your intent to do so. The forms can be found on the Minnesota District Court Website under the “Other Materials” section.
- Don’t forget that the ward retains rights, even when under guardianship. The Bill of Rights for Wards and Protected Persons can be found at Minn. Stat. 524.5-120.
- You need to have a background study completed every two years. The statute that sets forth the requirements for the background study is Minn. Stat. 524.5-118. The form for the background study can be found on the Minnesota District Court website under “Establishing Guardianship/Conservatorship” section.
- Unless restricted by Court Order, the ward retains the right to vote. As guardian, you should make sure that the ward has the opportunity to exercise this important right, if he/she wants to do so.
As always, if you have more specific questions about your role as guardian, you should consult with an experienced guardianship and conservatorship attorney.