What is Guardianship?

A guardian is a person who takes on the responsibility and obligation to care for another person. Appointed by the court, a guardian has the legal right and duty to care for a ward or dependent person. A full outline of a guardian’s powers and duties can be found at MS 524.5-313.

Guardianship Bonds

A guardianship bond guarantees that the designated guardian will perform his or her duties as required by law. If the guardian fails to meet the standards of the court, an insurance company will cover the monetary damages under the guardianship bond. A Letter of Guardianship is a notarized letter that states a parent’s wishes regarding the guardianship of his or her children.

When a parent cannot care for a child for a given period of time, temporary guardianship may be granted to an individual.

For more information regarding guardianship forms, bonds and services, contact Patrick J. Thomas in the Minnesota Twin Cities: St. Paul and Minneapolis.