Guardianships & Conservatorships

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Guardianship is a legal arrangement where one person, who is appointed by a court has the legal right and duty to care for another adult who is unable to make responsible personal decisions or meet personal needs. The primary purpose of the guardian is to provide for the ward's care, comfort, and maintenance needs, including food, clothing, shelter, health care, social and recreational requirements, and whenever appropriate, training, education, and habilitation or rehabilitation.

For more information, see the legal definition of guardianship.

A conservatorship is a similar legal arrangement where one person is appointed by a court to handle the financial affairs of an adult who is unable to make responsible personal decisions. The primary purpose of the conservator is to manage the property and business affairs of the ward.

For more information, see the legal definition of conservatorship.

Application process

Ramsey County financially supports wards' legal and professional guardianship needs if they meet the indigent status as outlined in state statute. The Guardianship Committee reviews and approves all requests for consideration prior to any financial commitment. The committee uses the following evaluation criteria:

  • Does the need for guardianship exists or is there a less restrictive alternative?
  • Is the proposed guardian is suitable or is a contracted guardianship vendor more suitable?
  • Does the potential guardian requesting petitioner’s attorney fees meet the indigent income guidelines?

For more information, contact Fatimah Hussein at Fatimah.hussein@co.ramsey.mn.us.

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