Guardianship is a legal process which gives a person the legal authority and responsibility to manage the affairs of an incapable adult and care for, assist and protect that adult. A guardian may be appointed by the Supreme Court for an adult whom they believe is incapable of handling all or part of their own affairs.
There are two types of adult guardianship:
The Public Guardian and Trustee may act as a guardian of last resort for adults who have no known relatives or friends to assist them.
Applying for Guardianship of an Adult
Before making a decision as to which type of guardianship would be most appropriate, please review the information contained in the adult guardianship guides below, particularly Books 2, 3 and 4.
All the forms required for applications for adult guardianship are located below.
Forms for either temporary or permanent guardianship can be filled out on the computer and printed out for filing in court. Please save these forms on your computer in case the court requires you to make changes to formatting or wording.
When you apply for guardianship of an adult, Form 6 (Incapability Assessment Report) must be completed by a trained assessor. In addition to providing the completed assessment, the assessor must provide the court with a copy of his or her curriculum vitae (CV). The assessor follows guidelines for conducting assessments.
The following assessors have taken incapability assessment training. However, medical doctors (including psychiatrists), registered nurses, psychologists or occupational therapists are also qualified to perform guardianship incapability assessments.
*Please note that the Public Guardian and Trustee and private guardians can charge fees for the services provided.
Adult Guardianship Publications
Adult Guardianship Forms
Temporary Guardianship Forms
Form 9T - Affidavit of Service
Adult Guardianship Forms (for permanent guardianship of an adult)
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