Polk County: Register in Probate

GUARDIANSHIPS:

When a court determines someone to be incompetent or unable to manage their own affairs, or if a minor is found to be in need of a guardian, the Court will appoint a guardian to act on their behalf.   There are temporary guardianships, permanent guardianships, and limited guardianships.  Each type of guardianship has its own set of forms and requirements.  The forms can be obtained from the Register in Probate or through this link:  http://wicourts.gov/forms1/circuit.htm#guard.

A guideline for a minor guardianship is available through this link.
A guideline for a temporary guardianship is available through this link.
A guideline for a permanent guardianship of an incompetent person is available through this link.

After a guardianship file has been opened and a guardian has been appointed by the Court, the Probate office will provide guidelines to the guardian.

GUARDIAN FEES:

A guardian is not entitled to fees unless approved by the Court.  The guardianship booklet and fee contract guideline outlining the procedures are mailed to each court appointed guardian upon request.   A Petition and Order for Guardian Fees is also available.  The form can be obtained in person from the Register in Probate office or through this link.

GUARDIAN’S REQUEST APPROVE EXPENDITURE:
Any expenditure of the ward’s funds over $250.00 on a single item (excluding room and board/housing/rent and medical) must have prior approval of the Court.   The Request to Approve Expenditure form is available through this link or from the Register in Probate office.  The guardian must complete the form and file it with the Register in Probate.  The guardian will be notified of the Court’s decision.

COMPLETING THE ANNUAL ACCOUNT:
Guidelines for completing the annual account are sent to the guardian with the annual accounting forms at in January of each year.  These guidelines can be obtained in person from the Register in Probate office or through this link.
Reminder:  all annual accounts are due April 15.

 


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