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THE HUNTERDON COUNTY
SURROGATE'S COURT

Surrogate's Seal
RECORD KEEPERS SINCE 1804
SUSAN J. HOFFMAN, HUNTERDON COUNTY SURROGATE
65 Park Avenue - PO Box 2900 - Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Directions to Office
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
908-788-1156 * Fax (908)788-1586
surrogate@co.hunterdon.nj.us


GUARDIANSHIP OF AN INCAPACITATED PERSON

When an incapacitated person reaches the age of 18, they may need a guardian.

Guardian of the Person: a guardian may be appointed to make medical, legal, educational, and vocational arrangements and decisions for the incapacitated person.
Guardianship of the Property: a guardian may be appointed to make financial arrangements and decisions for the incapacitated person.
Guardian of the Person and Property: a guardian may be appointed to make all of the above arrangements and decisions.
Limited Guardian: a guardian with very specific parameters.

USING OUR DOCUMENTS:

  1. Determine what type of Guardianship you will be filing for.
  2. Print the appropriate checklist below. This will show you the steps of the guardianship process.
  3. Complete the appropriate guardianship packet. You must make sure that all fillable boxes have been filled. Be sure to double-check this, as not all of the boxes will auto-fill each document. Any blank lines in the documents stay blank for the court to complete. Your information may not save, so try to complete and print in one sitting.
  4. Remember to date and sign your documents. We require originals.
  5. Questions? Call Heather Lewis at 908-788-1157 for assistance.

PRIVATE PRO SE GUARDIANSHIP

PRIVATE PRO SE GUARDIANSHIP CHECKLIST

PRIVATE GUARDIANSHIP PRO SE PACKETS

Private Packet for Guardianship of the Person

Private Packet for Guardianship of the Person and Property

DDD PRO SE GUARDIANSHIP

DDD PRO SE GUARDIANSHIP CHECKLIST

DDD GUARDIANSHIP PRO SE PACKETS

“DDD” Packet for Guardianship of the Person
This packet may be used for an alleged Incapacitated Person with a chronic developmental disability before the age of 21 and is potentially eligible for “DDD” (or equivalent) services in his/her lifetime.

“DDD” Packet for Guardianship of the Person and Property
This packet may be used for an alleged Incapacitated Person with a chronic developmental disability before the age of 21 and is potentially eligible for “DDD” (or equivalent) services in his/her lifetime.

DDD SUPPORTING CERTIFICATIONS

Second Affidavit from a Physician or Psychologist

Cover Page for IEP

Affidavit from Licensed Care Professional

The incapacitated person was/is eligible for DDD (or equivalent) services, but you can’t decide what process to use? Here are some comparisons:

DDD Private
Filing fee waived $200 filing fee
More flexible with documents required Requires 2 doctor’s certifications with exam dates within 30 days of your filing date
Pro-bono (free) attorney assigned for the alleged incapacitated person You must pay for the attorney the Court is required to assign to the alleged incapacitated person
Minimum of 120-day wait between filing your Complaint and the guardianship hearing Roughly 5 weeks between filing your complaint and the guardianship hearing

PRO SE PACKETS TO ADD A GUARDIAN
OR SUBSTITUTE A GUARDIAN

Packet to Add a Co-Guardian
This is used to add an additional guardian to work with an existing guardian.

Packet to Substitute a Guardian
This is used when new guardians take the place of previously appointed guardians.

 

 

 

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