Guardianship is when one person makes decisions for another person who can't make decisions for themself. A judge creates a guardianship when someone files a petition. If someone wants to end or change the guardianship, a judge also needs to be involved in that.
There can be several reasons for someone wanting to change or end a guardianship:
- The guardian can no longer be a guardian due to death, relocation, or other reasons.
- The guardian fails to do their job as a guardian by either not doing anything or making bad decisions.
- The person who has the guardian no longer needs the guardian, or doesn't need the guardian to do as much.
If you want to change or end a guardianship, you will have to file a petition with the court where the guardianship was started. You must be the person who has the guardian, a family member, or some other interested person. This means the guardianship has to affect you in some way.
The judge will read the petition, hold a hearing, and make a decision. They might change the current guardianship, end it, or do nothing. They might also appoint a successor guardian. This is a guardian who takes over for someone else.
Updated: May 2017