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Guardianship & Conservatorship

Effective December 1, 2011, the 4th Judicial District Court (Hennepin County) requires all proposed guardians and conservators, except the proposed guardian of a minor, to:

  1. watch a new guardianship/conservatorship educational video before they appear at their initial hearings; and
  2. file a modified version of the Acceptance of Appointment form, which states that they watched the video and understand the duties and responsibilities for which they seek appointment.

The video was created to help educate, inform, and prepare proposed guardians and conservators about their duties and responsibilities. The goal is to reduce the number of successor petitions filed with the court where the appointed guardian or conservator is not able to fulfill their duties and responsibilities. Letters of appointment will not issue until the proposed guardian or conservator has watched the video and filed the Hennepin County-specific Acceptance of Appointment form with the court. For more information, http://www.mncourts.gov/district/4/?page=4501

Guardianship and Conservatorship form sets on MSBA’s practicelaw.org have been reviewed and revised to reflect the new requirements.

Nancy Hupp

Minnesota State Bar Association

nhupp@mnbar.org

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