Starting a Developmentally Disabled Guardianship Case

Filing Fee: None

Forms Required

Hearing Date: Upon the filing of the petition, you may obtain a hearing date from the Court. Typically a hearing date is set at least 2 to 3 weeks after the date of filing.

Service: It is the petitioner's responsibility to ensure that proper and timely service is made on all interested parties. If proper and timely service is not made on all interested persons, your hearing may be adjourned and/or your petition dismissed.

Service for hearings must be completed at least 14 days prior to the hearing date if by mail and at least 7 days prior to the hearing date if served personally.

Filing: It is recommended that the documents be brought to the Probate Court office by the petitioner for filing. Filings may be completed by mail, however, there may be a delay in obtaining a hearing date if your documents are not complete or correct.

An attorney will be appointed to represent the alleged developmentally disabled individual. The fee for the appointed attorney is payable by the individual or his/her family.

Keep copies of all documents filed with the Court for your records and to provide to the interested persons. Copies obtained from the Court are $1 per page.