What do you do when the Ward (the person for whom you are serving as Guardian) dies? Do you need to notify the Court? Do you need to file any papers with the Court?
YES – you need to notify the Court and file papers. Minnesota Statute 524.5-317 addresses termination of a guardianship due to the ward’s death. The document that you file, in Minnesota Guardianships, is a Petition For Termination of Guardianship and Discharge of Guardian. A copy of the death certificate must accompany the Petition (Note: Since it has a social security number on it, you must file it as confidential). You should also submit a proposed Order Terminating Guardianship and Discharging Guardian. If everything is in order, the Court typically signs the Order without requiring Notice and a hearing.