Note:  The Court is prohibited by law (Sec. 1211 of the Estates and Protected Individuals Code [EPIC]) from providing legal advice and completing forms.  This item provides general information concerning the closing procedures for adult guardianships and may be useful as a guide.  If you have any questions, consider contacting an attorney for assistance.

 

Note: A request to modify or terminate an adult guardianship may be made by an informal letter from the ward or anyone interested in the ward’s welfare. 

 

Closing upon Adult’s Death: There is no fee.  The guardian simply files form PC 634, Annual Report of Guardian on Condition of Legally Incapacitated Individual (indicate on the form that this is a final report).  Also, please submit a photocopy of the ward’s death certificate.  The case will then be closed by the Court. 

 

The Following Procedures Apply to Attempting to Terminate an Adult Guardianship Before the Ward’s Death:

 

Filing Fee

$20.00 (No fee if ward is petitioner.)

 

Forms Used

PC 675, Petition to Terminate\Modify Guardianship

Who Can File

Any person interested in the person’s welfare, including the Legally Incapacitated Individual. 

 

Interested Persons

Only list new interested persons and\or change of addresses for any interested persons since the guardianship was opened.  If an interested person is not included or is not properly served, the hearing cannot be held.  The interested persons in a petition for termination or modification of a guardianship for a legally incapacitated individual are:

1. The legally incapacitated individual,

2. If known, a person named as attorney in fact under a durable power of attorney,

3. The legally incapacitated individual's spouse,

4. The legally incapacitated individual's adult children and the individual's parents,

5. If no spouse, child, or parent is living, the presumptive heirs of the individual,

6. The person who has the care and custody of the legally incapacitated individual, and

7. The guardian.

 

Hearing Date

Your Petition will be set for hearing by the Court.  Typically, the hearing date is 3-5 weeks after the petition is filed.  Your Hearing Reminder form displays the correct date, time, place, and assigned Judge, along with zoom instructions.  You, the Petitioner, must attend the hearing or your Petition will be dismissed. 

Note: All hearings are being conducted remotely by zoom until further order of the court.

 

Guardian ad Litem

The court must, by law, appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) to represent the interest of the alleged legally incapacitated individual unless the person has their own attorney.  It will be the GAL’s responsibility to visit the person and make a recommendation as to whether or not a guardian is still needed. 

 

Note: If the ward is the person petitioning to terminate the guardianship, no GAL is appointed; instead a lawyer is appointed to represent the ward if they do not have their own attorney. 

 

The GAL is not an employee of the court but a licensed practicing attorney appointed by the court. 

 

 

Location/Hours of Court

 

 Rev. 4/21