Petition For Guardianship Over An Audit - General Information Sheet Form. This is a Nevada form and can be use in District Court Statewide.
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PETITION FOR GUARDIANSHIP OVER AN ADULT GENERAL INFORMATION SHEET IMPORTANT THIS PACKET IS IN NO WAY INTENDED TO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE ADVICE OF A PRIVATE ATTORNEY Private Counsel Is Always Recommended For Legal Matters The law allows any person to represent themselves in a legal action. However, filing an action with the court and representing yourself in the courtroom can be a complicated legal procedure and this packet does not attempt to address all the legal issues involved in bringing your matter before the court. This packet is created to help you access the legal system without the assistance of an attorney. When representing yourself, you are responsible for understanding the law that governs your case and for filing the proper legal documents. The laws and rules are set out in the Nevada Revised Statutes, The Rules of Civil Procedure, and the local rules governing the jurisdiction in which you are filing your documents. When you sign these documents and present them for filing with the court, it is assumed by the court that you have carefully read the documents, that you understand all the terms in the documents, that you agree with all the provisions in the documents, and that you are aware of all the consequences those provisions may produce. Before filling in any portion of the following documents, read all the materials included in this packet regarding guardianship, including the definitions of terms. Adult Adult General Information Sheet 1 of 4 ©2006 Nevada Supreme Court Revised December 14, 2006 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkflow.com THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AS A COURTESY ONLY. THE COURT, SELFHELP CENTER, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, OR LAW LIBRARY THAT MAY PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ERRORS CONTAINED HEREIN OR FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE FURNISHING OF THIS MATERIAL. What is a Guardianship? A guardianship is a legal relationship between two people. It is used when someone cannot take care of himself or his property. The person who needs assistance is the “proposed ward”. If guardianship is granted, that person will be the “ward”. The person who is going to take care of the ward is the “proposed guardian”. After the guardianship is granted, that person is the “guardian”. The way to ask the Court to establish guardianship is by filing a Petition for Appointment of Guardian. Are there different types of guardianships? Yes. There are court-ordered guardianships and guardianships that do not go through the court system. Some organizations and businesses will not follow a guardianship that has not been ordered by the court. This packet contains information for court-ordered guardianships. You may contact Nevada Legal Services at 1-800-323-8666, VARN at (775) 883-8278 or the Family Court Self-Help Center in Reno, Nevada at (775) 625-6731 if you would like to pursue a guardianship that does not go through the court system. There are three types of court-ordered guardianships: (1) Guardianship of the Person, (2) Guardianship of the Estate, (3) Guardianship of the Person and the Estate. In a guardianship of the person, the guardian is responsible for personal/medical decisions only. Someone else will make all financial decisions, or there are no financial decisions to be made. In a guardianship of the estate, the guardian is responsible for financial decisions only. Someone else will make personal and medical decisions. In a guardianship of the person and the estate, the guardian is responsible for the ward’s financial and personal/medical well-being. Please see the Definitions that are part of this packet or Chapter 159 of the Nevada Revised Statutes for more details on the types of court-ordered guardianships and the responsibilities of the guardian for each of these guardianships. Adult Adult General Information Sheet 2 of 4 ©2006 Nevada Supreme Court Revised December 14, 2006 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkflow.com How do I get a court-ordered guardianship in Nevada? In general, you must file a Petition in the county where the Ward resides. If the Ward does not reside in Nevada, you may file in any Nevada county where the Ward has property or where the Ward is physically present. You will need to give the proposed ward and relatives within the “second degree of consanguinity” notice that you want to get a guardianship over the proposed ward and also notice of the hearing for your petition. If the proposed ward is in a care facility, you also need to notify the administrator or manager of that facility. The Department of Veterans Affairs must be notified, if the ward receives money from it. You do this by mailing copies of the Petition for Appointment of Guardian(s) and the Citation to Appear and Show Cause to them or by personally serving the Petition and the Citation. If you choose to mail the documents, the mailing must be by certified mail, return receipt requested (the green cards that are mailed back after the person picks up the mail). If you cannot find some of the people entitled to notice, you may ask the court to serve them by publishing the Citation in the newspaper. You must receive the judge’s permission to do this. You will need to have a court hearing before the judge will decide whether to grant the guardianship. You will need to check with the court clerk or self-help center to ask what steps need to be taken to obtain a hearing date for your petition. If, after a hearing, the judge decides to grant your petition for guardianship, you will need to file the Order Appointing Guardian and obtain “General Letters of Guardianship”. You will also need to mail notice that the order was filed to the same people who received notice of the petition. If the guardianship is over an estate, you must file an Inventory with the court. You must file an inventory within 60 days from the date you are appointed guardian. Please see the Definitions that are part of this packet to learn more about the terms used in this explanation. How do I file my paperwork? The procedure for filing paperwork and setting hearings varies from county to county. Please call the clerk’s office for the county in which you plan to file the petition and ask about that court’s procedural requirements. If you are filing in Washoe County or Clark County, you may call the Self-Help Centers for those counties to learn more about the procedures in those courts. The telephone number numbers are: Family Court Self-Help Center (Washoe County): (775) 325-6731 Family Law Self Help-Center (Clark County) (702) 455-1500 Please Note: If a document must be notarized, a clerk at the court may witness your signature instead of a notary public. Adult Adult General Information Sheet 3 of 4 ©2006 Nevada Supreme Court Revised December 14, 2006 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkflow.com When can I use this set of forms? You can use this Petition for Appointment of Guardian if: The proposed ward is 18 years old or older. One or two people will be the guardian(s) of the proposed ward. At least one of the person(s) who will be the guardian and the person who will be the ward are Nevada residents. Note: If the guardianship is for an estate, at least some of the money/property must be in Nevada. The guardian(s) has never been disbarred or suspended from practicing law, accounting or any other profession that involves the management or sale of money, investments, securities or real property that requires a license. What forms and information should be in this packet? This packet should contain the following documents: General Information Sheet Petition for Appointment of Guardian Confidential Information Sheet Confidential Medical Information Sheet Affidavit Regarding Petitioner Regarding Medical Certification Citation to Appear and Show Cause Affidavit of Service Order Appointing Guardian General Letters of Guardianship Notice of Entry of Order Inventory, Appraisal and Record of Value Adult Adult General Information Sheet 4 of 4 ©2006 Nevada Supreme Court Revised December 14, 2006 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkflow.com