Background Studies in Minnesota Guardianships and Conservatorships

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Guardians and Conservators in Minnesota need to have a background study completed before the Court will appoint them as guardian.  The specific statute that addresses the background study is Minn. Stat. 524.5-118.

Commonly asked questions about the background study:

  • I am a truck driver (or a teacher or a daycare provider . . .) and so I already had a background study for my job.  Do I still need one?  Yes.  The background study for guardianships and conservatorships is specific and checks for certain things, so it needs to be done even if you have had a background study done through a different agency.
  • How much does it cost?  Currently, it costs $50.00 if you haven’t lived out of state in the last 10 years, $130 if you have lived out of state (and then you will also need fingerprints)
  • How long does it take?  It typically takes anywhere from 5 – 8 weeks, or longer.  So you should send in the background study form as soon as you file your petition for guardianship.
  • Where do I get the form to complete the background study?  It is available at www.mncourts.gov – in the “Forms” section, under “Guardianship – Conservatorship”.  Click here for a direct link to the Guardianship Background Study Form.

 

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