How Do You File for Guardianship of Person in Maryland?
In Maryland, the process for obtaining guardianship of a person, also known as a ward, involves the following steps:
Determine the type of guardianship needed: In Maryland, there are two types of guardianship: guardianship of the person, which involves making decisions about the ward's personal care and welfare, and guardianship of the property, which involves managing the ward's financial affairs. You may need to file for both types of guardianship, or just one, depending on the ward's needs.
File a petition for guardianship with the circuit court in the county where the ward resides. The petition must include information about the ward, the proposed guardian, and the reasons for the guardianship.
Serve the petition on the ward and any interested parties, such as the ward's spouse, parents, or siblings.
Attend a hearing on the petition. The court will consider the ward's needs and the proposed guardian's qualifications and may appoint a guardian if it determines that guardianship is necessary and, in the ward's, best interests.
If a guardian is appointed, they must file a bond with the court and take an oath of office. The guardian must also file periodic reports with the court detailing the ward's care and the management of their property.
It is advisable to seek the assistance of an attorney when filing for guardianship in Maryland to ensure that the process is handled properly. Call or click below to schedule a consultation today!