4. Hearing is Held
On the specified date and time, the hearing is held. At this point evidence is presented about the need for guardianship. Typically an attorney represents the individual at the hearing. After all evidence has been presented, the judge confirms or denies the petition for guardianship.
If the petition is confirmed, it is determined if the proposed guardian is eligible and able to serve in that capacity. If the proposed guardian is accepted, the responsibilities and limits of the guardian are defined to ensure that the best interests of the individual are met.
The clerk will then file letters of guardianship that will allow the guardian to make decisions on the individual’s behalf. At this time, the guardian makes an oath to serve the ward and accepts the letter of guardianship.