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:
- Determine what type of Guardianship you will be filing for.
- Print the appropriate checklist below. This will show you the steps of the guardianship
- 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.
- Remember to date and sign your documents. We require originals.
- Questions? Call Heather Lewis at 908-788-1157 for assistance.
The incapacitated person was/is eligible for DDD (or equivalent) services, but you can’t
decide what process to use? Here are some comparisons:
|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
|Minimum of 120-day wait between filing your
Complaint and the guardianship hearing
||Roughly 5 weeks between filing your
complaint and the guardianship hearing