There are costs associated with bringing a guardianship or conservatorship case. There are filing fees and other court costs as well as the fee of the attorney who prepares the case.
Sometimes, parents are not able to take care of their kids. The parents may have died, or be ill, or absent. Often, grandparents, aunts, uncles and others help out. Sometimes, the substitute parents may have problems enrolling the children in school. The school may tell the substitute parents that they have to get a “guardianship” over the children.
The legal terms used in guardianship and conservatorship can be confusing.
It may be very difficult to decide if a guardianship or conservatorship is needed. Here are some things to consider.
The court gives the guardian certain powers. Because of these powers, the guardian has duties to the protected person.
There may come a time when a guardian will have to decide about limiting life-sustaining medical procedures for the protected person.
Why modify a guardianship or conservatorship? When does a guardianship or conservatorship end?
It can be very difficult to make decisions for another person. Here are some ideas that might help make some of those decisions.
In deciding whether a guardianship is needed, the court looks at a person's decision-making capacity. Here are some standards for setting up and ending a guardianship.
The following are some answers to frequently asked questions parents have about guardianship or conservatorship.
Iowa has the power to appoint a guardian or conservator if Iowa is the "home state" of the respondent to a guardianship or conservatorship petition.