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Guardianships, Adult

Can I get a guardianship for someone else?

Yes, you can get a guardianship for another person, but guardianships can be complicated, and you should talk to an attorney. There are some court forms available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at: https://www.iowacourts.gov/for-the-public/court-forms/. Unrepresented persons must use these forms for adult guardianships, and all conservatorships. Iowa Court Rules 7.11 and 7.12.

What is the difference between a guardianship and a conservatorship?

A “guardianship” is a legal action in which the court appoints a “guardian” who has the legal authority and duty to care for a “protected person” who is a minor or because of the person’s mental or physical limitations.

A “conservatorship” is a legal action in which the court appoints a “conservator” to manage the financial affairs or daily life of a “protected person” who is a minor or is someone incapable of managing the person’s affairs.

How do I become appointed as a guardian?

You can be appointed a conservator by filing an application with the court. You will also have to complete a personal background check authorization form, which is on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at: https://www.iowacourts.gov/for-the-public/court-forms/.

Are there fees involved with guardianships?

There are fees associated with court orders in guardianships and perhaps other fees. You should contact the clerk of court in the county where the guardianship is on file for information on fees that are set by the legislature.

Do guardians have to file reports?

Yes, guardians must file an initial care plan, annual reports, and a final report unless the court otherwise orders. The initial care plan, annual report, and final report forms are available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at: https://www.iowacourts.gov/for-the-public/court-forms/.

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