Guardianship - Minnesota Court Forms and Information
What is a Guardian?
A guardian is appointed by the court to make personal decisions for a person subject to guardianship. A guardian looks after the personal needs of someone.
How is a Guardian different from a Conservator?
A guardian makes personal decisions for the person subject to guardianship. A guardian protects the person. A conservator makes financial decisions for the person. A conservator protects the estate.
Who needs a Guardian?
- Minors or incapacitated adults who do not have the understanding or can’t make or communicate responsible personal decisions.
- People who can’t take care of their own needs for medical care, nutrition, clothing, shelter, or safety are also subject to guardianship.
The Minnesota Courts have forms and information (English only) about guardianship. The Courts do not publish form instructions for every form. See the Conservatorship & Guardianship Manual (English only) for information. You may need to speak to a lawyer to figure out which forms you need.
Download court forms:
Forms on the Courts website are organized in "packets" and by individual forms. Packets include form instructions and all individual forms. If you are not sure what form you need, start with the Packet and download each form in the packet as you need it.
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