Georgia Probate Form GPCSF 12

Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward

Everything you need to know about Georgia Form GPCSF 12, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related GA probate forms.

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About Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward

There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.

Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward is a commonly used form within Georgia. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:

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GA Form GPCSF 12, which may also referred to as Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward, is a probate form in Georgia. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.

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Atticus Fast Facts About Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward:

  • This form pertains to the State of Georgia

  • The official Georgia source for this form is here.

Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about ’s Form GPCSF 12 - Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form GPCSF 12

Step 1 - Download the correct Georgia form based on the name and ID if applicable

Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some Georgia probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form GPCSF 12, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in GA are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!

Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form GPCSF 12 online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).

Step 3 - Have Form GPCSF 12 witnessed or notarized (if required)

Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.

Step 4 - Submit Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward to the relevant office

This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.

It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.

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When Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward is due

Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.

While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.

Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in Georgia.

5 reasons you should submit GPCSF 12 as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster Georgia can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.

    Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

  2. In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.

  3. Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.

  4. It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in Georgia. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.

  5. If a house in the State of Georgia is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.

If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for Georgia probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local Georgia probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form GPCSF 12, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form GPCSF 12 Online

Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some Georgia probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within Georgia.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form GPCSF 12 - Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the Georgia probate court office.

Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any Georgia-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.

View Form GPCSF 12

GA Form GPCSF 12, which may also referred to as Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward, is a probate form in Georgia. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.

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Did you know?

  • Form GPCSF 12 - Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward is a probate form in Georgia.

  • Georgia has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in Georgia.

  • During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.

  • Probate in Georgia, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward

Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).

All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate. 

To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate

The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice. 

You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make  the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).

We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!

An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone. 

The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:

  • Creating an inventory of all probate assets.

  • Filling out all necessary forms

  • Paying off all estate debts and taxes

  • Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested

And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year. 

For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding
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The Exact Text on Form GPCSF 12

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Georgia Form GPCSF 12 - Petition For The Appointment Of A Guardian And/or Conservator For A Proposed Ward. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

GPCSF 12 [i] Eff. July 2017 PETITION FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A GUARDIAN AND/OR CONSERVATOR FOR A PROPOSED WARD INSTRUCTIONS I. Specific Instructions 1. This form is to be used for filing a Petition for the Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator for a Proposed Ward pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-10 and 29-5-10. 2. In determining if this Court is the proper place to bring this action, Petitioner(s) should consult Georgia law, including but not limited to, Chapters 4, 5 and 11 of Title 29, as applicable. 3. In any case involving the creation of a Conservatorship when the Proposed Ward owns real property, a certificate of creation of Conservatorship will be completed by the Clerk of the Probate Court and filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court of each county of this state in which the Proposed Ward owns real property within thirty (30) days of the date of such order. 4. The burden of proof is on the Petitioner to present clear and convincing evidence that the Proposed Ward lacks sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning his or her health or safety and is in need of a guardianship and/or that the Proposed Ward lacks sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning the management of his or her property and is in need of a Conservatorship. 5. The Petition must state whether or not the Proposed Ward resided in another state prior to the Guardianship Petition being filed. The Petition must list the address at which the Proposed Ward resided and the individuals with whom he or she resided. The court may require additional service to these individuals according to O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-10 (b) (17) and 29-9-7 (b). 6. The Certificate to the Secretary of State page is to be used only when a determinative finding has been made that the Proposed Ward’s voting rights should be removed due to the lack of capacity of the ward. The order of the Court must be modified to reflect that this right was removed. The certificate must be mailed to the Secretary of State. 7. The Certificate to the GBI page shall be used in all cases where a Guardianship and/or Conservatorship is/are established. Individuals so listed in this database will be prohibited from obtaining a Georgia Weapons Carry License. In the event the ward’s rights are restored, such restoration of rights shall be sent to the GBI, so the database can be updated. Only the Certificate needs to be sent to the GBI and not the Guardianship Order. GPCSF 12 [ii] Eff. July 2017 8. The Proposed Ward and his or her appointed attorney, and guardian ad litem if appointed, shall receive full copies of the entire Petition as filed. All other parties entitled to service shall receive only a notice of service herein titled: “NOTICE OF FILING OF PETITION FOR GUARDIANSHIP AND/OR CONSERVATORSHIP.” 9. According to Probate Court Rule 5.6 (A), unless the Court specifically assumes the responsibility, it is the responsibility of the moving party to prepare the proper citation and deliver it properly so it can be served according to law. All pages after the Notice regarding Uniform Probate Court Rule 5.6 (A) are to be completed by the moving party, unless otherwise directed by the Court. 10. An oath must be administered by a Probate Judge or Clerk (the oath cannot be administered by a notary public). Use Georgia Probate Court Supplement 4 for the oath. The oath is not included in this form. Georgia Probate Court Form 53, Commission to Administer Oath, can be used if the oath is to be administered by a court outside the State of Georgia. II. General Instructions General instructions applicable to all Georgia Probate Court Standard Forms are available in each Probate Court or at www.gaprobate.gov, labeled GPCSF 1. GPCSF 12 [1] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF A GUARDIAN AND/OR CONSERVATOR FOR A PROPOSED WARD [NOTE: Unless there are two or more Petitioners, the affidavit beginning on page 15 must be completed by a physician, psychologist, or licensed clinical social worker and based on an examination within fifteen (15) days prior to the filing of this Petition.] The Petition of ___________________________________________________________, whose relationship to the above-named Proposed Ward is_________________________, whose domicile is ____________________________________________________________________, Street City County State Zip Code and mailing address is ___________________________________________________________, Street City County State Zip Code AND [initial either (a) or (b) below] ______ (a) The Petition of ______________________________________________________ whose relationship to the above Proposed Ward is ___________________________, whose domicile is_____________________________________________________, Street City County State Zip Code and mailing address is _________________________________________________. Street City County State Zip Code OR ______ (b) Attached hereto as pages 15 and 16 and made a part of this Petition is the completed affidavit of ____________, a physician, psychologist licensed to practice in Georgia or licensed clinical social worker, who has examined the Proposed Ward within fifteen (15) days prior to the filing of this Petition, and shows to the Court the following: GPCSF 12 [2] Eff. July 2017 1. The Proposed Ward _______________________________________________________ [Full name of Proposed Ward] First Middle Last whose age is ___________, date of birth is __________________________________________, Social Security Number is ____________________________, domicile is __________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Street City County State Zip Code presently located at ____________________________________________________________, Street City County State Zip Code which is a __________________________________________________ and can be contacted at [type of facility, if applicable] telephone number: _____________________. 2. (a) Will the Proposed Ward be moved within the [Select One] □ Yes □ No next three (3) days? (b) Is the Proposed Ward a citizen of a foreign country? [Select One] □ Yes □ No If you answer “Yes” to (a) and/or (b), provide the necessary information below: (a) The following is the address where the Proposed Ward is anticipated to be moved: ___________________________________________________________________ Street City County State Zip Code Telephone Number (b) The Proposed Ward is a citizen of a foreign country, said country being: __________________ (if a guardianship or conservatorship is granted, pursuant to The Vienna Convention, the Probate Court must notify the consul). 3. (a) Is a guardianship necessary because the [Select One] □ Yes □ No Proposed Ward lacks sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning his or her health or safety? (b) Is a conservatorship necessary because the Proposed [Select One] □ Yes □ No Ward lacks sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning the management of his or her property? If you answer “Yes” to (a) and/or (b), provide the facts that support the claim of the need for a guardian/conservator (continued on next page): GPCSF 12 [3] Eff. July 2017 [NOTE: The Petition cannot be granted unless sufficient facts are presented that support the allegation that the appointment of a guardian and/or conservator is necessary. While an attached physician’s, psychologist’s, or social worker’s affidavit is permissible, the Petition MUST specifically provide sufficient facts to support the granting of this Petition.] ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 4. (a) It is in the best interest of the Proposed Ward for the following individual to be appointed guardian: ______________________________ (b) It is in the best interest of the Proposed Ward for the following individual to be appointed conservator: ____________________________ 5. The foreseeable duration of the Proposed Ward’s incapacity is___________________ and the Court should allow the Proposed Ward to retain the following rights and powers: __________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 6. [NOTE: The law requires notice to be given to the spouse, if any, and to all living children whose addresses are known, if any. If there are no living adult children whose addresses are known, then list at least two (2) adults in the following order of priority: lineal descendants of the Proposed Ward; parents and siblings of the Proposed Ward; and friends of the Proposed Ward. In determining the persons to whom notice is required to be given according to the foregoing rules, the Petitioner(s) should not be counted as persons receiving notice. The “Notice of Filing of Petition for Guardianship and/or Conservatorship” will be sent to these parties and not the entire Petition.] Pursuant to law, the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and relationships of the persons to be notified are as follows: Name Age (if under 18) Address Relationship ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ GPCSF 12 [4] Eff. July 2017 7. (a) Was an individual nominated to serve under a living will, [Select One] □ Yes □ No durable power of attorney for healthcare, or other instrument that deals with the management of the person of the Proposed Ward in the event of incapacity, prior to the filing of this Guardianship Petition? If you answer “Yes” to (a), provide the name(s), address(es), and relationship(s) to the Proposed Ward, if any, indicate the nature of his/her/their interest, and whether he/she/they are willing to act or have failed to act under said appointment and attach the document as an exhibit to this Petition: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ (b) Was an individual nominated in writing to serve as guardian by [Select One] □ Yes □ No the Proposed Ward, or any other individual such as a spouse, adult child, or parent, to care for the Proposed Ward either because of or in the event of incapacity? If you answer “Yes” to (b), provide the name(s), address(es), and relationship(s) to the Proposed Ward, if any, indicate the nature of his/her/their interest, whether he/she/they are willing to act under said appointment, and whether the individual(s) is/are an owner, operator, or employee of a caregiving institution in which the Proposed Ward currently is receiving care and attach the document as an exhibit to this Petition: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ (c) Was an order relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation issued [Select One] □ Yes □ No by the Proposed Ward or another individual addressing end of life decisions and/or life sustaining procedures? If you answer “Yes” to (c), provide the name(s), address(es), and relationship(s) to the Proposed Ward, if any, indicate the nature of his/her/their interest, whether he/she/they are willing to act under said appointment, and attach the document as an exhibit to this Petition: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ GPCSF 12 [5] Eff. July 2017 (d) Was a trust created for or by the Proposed Ward? [Select One] □ Yes □ No If you answer “Yes” to (d), provide the name(s), address(es), and relationship(s) to the Proposed Ward (if any) of the Trustee; indicate the nature of the Ward’s interest in the Trust, whether the Trustee(s) is/are willing to act under said appointment, and attach the document as an exhibit to this Petition: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ (e) Was any other document created which gave another individual [Select One] □ Yes □ No authority to act on the Proposed Ward’s behalf either by the Proposed Ward or someone else? If you answer “Yes” to (e), provide the name(s), address(es), and relationship(s) to the Proposed Ward, if any, indicate the nature of his/her/their interest, whether he/she/they are willing to act under said appointment, and attach the document as an exhibit to this Petition: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ (f) Does another person have the authority to act on behalf of the [Select One] □ Yes □ No Proposed Ward? If you answer “Yes” to (f), provide the name(s), address(es), and relationship(s) to the Proposed Ward, if any, indicate the nature of his/her/their interest, whether he/she/they are willing to act under said appointment, and attach the document as an exhibit to this Petition: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 8. Does anyone named above, or the proposed guardian(s)/ [Select One] □ Yes □ No conservator(s) have a financial conflict of interest with the Proposed Ward? [Note: A conflict of interest may exist if the proposed conservator is co-owner of real property or a joint account with the Proposed Ward.] If you answer “Yes,” list the nature of the conflict of interest: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ GPCSF 12 [6] Eff. July 2017 9. (a) On behalf of the Proposed Ward, a Petition for Emergency [Select One] □ Yes □ No Guardianship and/or Conservatorship was filed. If you answer “Yes” to (a), provide the filing date of the Petition for Emergency Guardianship and/or Conservatorship and the name of the County and State in which it was filed: _____________________________________________________________________________ (b) On behalf of the Proposed Ward, an Emergency Guardianship [Select One] □ Yes □ No and/or Conservatorship was created. If you answer “Yes” to (b), list the full name and address of the person(s) appointed as Emergency Guardian(s) and/or Conservator(s): Emergency Guardian(s): __________________________________________________, (Full name) First Middle Last ________________________________________________________________________ Street City County State Zip Code Emergency Conservator(s): ________________________________________________, (Full name) First Middle Last ________________________________________________________________________ Street City County State Zip Code (c) On behalf of the Proposed Ward, a Petition for Permanent [Select One] □ Yes □ No Guardianship and/or Conservatorship was filed. If you answer “Yes” to (c), provide the filing date of the Petition for Guardianship and/or Conservatorship and the name of the County and State in which it was filed: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ GPCSF 12 [7] Eff. July 2017 (d) On behalf of the Proposed Ward, a Petition for Permanent [Select One] □ Yes □ No Guardianship and/or Conservatorship was created. If you answer “Yes” to (d), list the full name and address of the person(s) appointed as Guardian(s) and/or Conservator(s): Guardian(s): ____________________________________________________________, (Full name) First Middle Last ________________________________________________________________________ Street City County State Zip Code Conservator(s): __________________________________________________________, (Full name) First Middle Last ________________________________________________________________________ Street City County State Zip Code (e) On behalf of the Proposed Ward, a Petition for Permanent [Select One] □ Yes □ No Guardianship and/or Conservatorship was denied. If you answer “Yes” to (e), provide the reason the Petition for Guardianship and/or Conservatorship was denied and whether any change of circumstances has occurred with the Proposed Ward: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ GPCSF 12 [8] Eff. July 2017 10. ASSETS, INCOME, OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDS, LIABILITIES, AND EXPENSES OF PROPOSED WARD REAL PROPERTY [Indicate if property is jointly owned and, if so, with whom] Description County State Joint Owner, Approximate Equity: if any Parcel 1: __________________________________________________ $_________________ Parcel 2: __________________________________________________ $_________________ Parcel 3: __________________________________________________ $_________________ INCOME FROM ALL SOURCES Yearly Total: Social Security per year: $_________________ SSI [Supplemental Security Income] per year: $_________________ Retirement benefits per year: $_________________ VA benefits per year: $_________________ Other income per year (e.g., alimony, annuity, or trust distributions): $_________________ Interest, dividend, or investment income: $_________________ Yearly Total of All Income: $_________________ PERSONAL AND INTANGIBLE PROPERTY [Indicate if property is jointly owned and, if so, with whom] (1) Checking/Savings/Money Market/Certificates of Deposit/ Liquid Accounts: Bank/Financial Institution/Broker Account Number Joint Owner, if any ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ (2) Stocks/Bonds/Investments (including retirement and profit- sharing accounts): (a) Held by Brokers: Brokerage Firm/Institution Account Number Joint Owner, if any ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ GPCSF 12 [9] Eff. July 2017 (b) Privately Held: Company/Issuer Number of Shares Joint Owner, if any ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ (3) Automobiles Year/Make/Model V.I.N. Joint Owner, if any ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ (4) Other assets of significant value: Description Joint Owner, if any ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ Total Value of Personal and Intangible Property: $_________________ DEBTS AND OTHER LIABILITIES PERSONAL AND INTANGIBLE PROPERTY The Proposed Ward has the following debts and/or liabilities: Approximate Balance: (1) Secured Debts Obligor/Payee Collateral Joint Owner, if any ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ (2) Unsecured Debts Obligor/Payee Account Number Joint Owner, if any ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ ___________________________________________________________ $_________________ Total Debts and Other Liabilities of Proposed Ward: $_________________ AVERAGE MONTHLY LIABILITIES AND EXPENSES Household: Care Facility/Rent/Mortgage Payments: $_________________ Property Taxes/Insurance: $_________________ Utilities/Lawn Care/Pest Control: $_________________ Miscellaneous Household Food: $_________________ Total Credit Account and Other Debt Payments: $_________________ Other [specify] ______________________________________: $_________________ GPCSF 12 [10] Eff. July 2017 Automotive/Transportation: Fuel and Repairs: $_________________ Tags, License Fees, Insurance: $_________________ Bus/Train/Taxi Fares: $_________________ Minors or Other Dependents of Proposed Ward: Childcare: $_________________ School Tuition/Supplies/Expenses/Lunches: $_________________ Clothing/Diapers/Grooming/Hygiene: $_________________ Medical/Dental/Prescription: $_________________ Other Insurance: Health: $_________________ Life/Disability: $_________________ Other [specify] ______________________________________: $_________________ Proposed Ward’s Other Expenses: Laundry/Clothing/Grooming/Hygiene: $_________________ Medical/Dental/Prescriptions/Medications: $_________________ Entertainment/Vacations/Subscriptions/Dues: $_________________ Personal Caretakers/Cleaning Personnel: $_________________ Total Expenses: $_________________ PAYMENTS TO CREDITORS Is the Proposed Ward behind on any debt payments? [Select One] □ Yes □ No If so, payee and amount: _______________________________ $_________________ SUMMARY (1) Average Monthly Income: $_________________ (2) Average Monthly Expenses: $_________________ GPCSF 12 [11] Eff. July 2017 11. A guardian ad litem should be appointed because the following additional powers pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-23 (b) and/or 29-5-23 (b) and (c) are requested, with the reasons for seeking such powers: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 12. Was the Proposed Ward physically present in another state at least six (6) consecutive months during the year preceding the filing of this Petition? [Select One] □ Yes □ No If you answer “Yes,” list below the address, county, and state in which the Proposed Ward resided during the preceding year. _____________________________________________________________________________; Street City County State Zip Code Did the Proposed Ward live alone? [Select One] □ Yes □ No If you answer “No,” list below the name(s) and address(es) of those individuals with whom the ward resided. _____________________________________________________________________________, (Full name) First Middle Last _____________________________________________________________________________; Street City County State Zip Code _____________________________________________________________________________, (Full name) First Middle Last _____________________________________________________________________________; Street City County State Zip Code If you answer “Yes,” list the names and addresses of the friends or family members living in that area. List the two individuals in the closest degree of kinship to the Proposed Ward who live in that area, not previously listed. Include the individuals’ full names and complete addresses: _____________________________________________________________________________, (Full name) First Middle Last _____________________________________________________________________________; Street City County State Zip Code _____________________________________________________________________________, (Full name) First Middle Last _____________________________________________________________________________; Street City County State Zip Code GPCSF 12 [12] Eff. July 2017 13. This Court has jurisdiction to hear this action under Georgia law, and particularly under Chapters 4, 5, and 11 of Title 29 because: ____________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 14. Additional Data: [Where full particulars are lacking, state here the reasons for any such omission.] ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 15. It is in the best interest of the Proposed Ward that the within nominated guardian and/or conservator be appointed. WHEREFORE, Petitioner(s) pray(s): 1. that service be perfected as required by law; 2. that the Court appoint legal counsel and an evaluator for the Proposed Ward and order an evaluation as required by law; 3. that upon receipt of the evaluation report, the Court order a hearing to determine the need for a guardian and/or conservator for the Proposed Ward; and 4. that a guardian and/or conservator be appointed for the Proposed Ward. ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Signature of First Petitioner Signature of Second Petitioner, if any ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Printed Name Printed Name ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Mailing Address Mailing Address ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Telephone Number Telephone Number Signature of Attorney: _________________________________________________ Printed name of Attorney: _________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ Telephone Number: _________________________ State Bar # _______________ GPCSF 12 [13] Eff. July 2017 VERIFICATION GEORGIA, ___________________________ COUNTY Personally appeared before me the undersigned Petitioner(s) who, after being duly sworn, state(s) that the facts set forth in the foregoing Petition for the Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator for a Proposed Ward (and the attached Exhibit(s)) are true and correct. Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of ________________, 20____. ____________________________________ Signature of First Petitioner ___________________________________ ____________________________________ NOTARY/CLERK OF PROBATE COURT Printed Name of First Petitioner My Commission Expires _______________ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of ________________, 20____. ____________________________________ Signature of Second Petitioner ___________________________________ ____________________________________ NOTARY/CLERK OF PROBATE COURT Printed Name of Second Petitioner My Commission Expires _______________ GPCSF 12 [14] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) CONSENT TO SERVE AS GUARDIAN/CONSERVATOR RE: Petition for the Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator for the above-named Proposed Ward I, ____________________________, having been nominated as guardian, and I,____________________________________________________, having been nominated as conservator of the above-named Proposed Ward, do hereby consent to serve as guardian and/or conservator if so appointed. _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Signature Proposed Guardian Signature Proposed Conservator _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Printed Name Printed Name _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Mailing Address Mailing Address _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Telephone Number Telephone Number GPCSF 12 [15] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) RE: Petition for Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator for the above-named Proposed Ward AFFIDAVIT OF PHYSICIAN, PSYCHOLOGIST, OR CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER FOR GUARDIANSHIP AND/OR CONSERVATORSHIP I, being first duly sworn, depose and say that I am a physician licensed to practice under Chapter 34 of Title 43 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, a psychologist licensed to practice under Chapter 39 of Title 43 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, or a licensed clinical social worker; that my office address is _______________________________________ and that I have examined the above-named Proposed Ward on the ______ day of ____________, 20____. [NOTE: The examination on which this affidavit is based must occur WITHIN FIFTEEN (15) DAYS prior to the filing of the Petition.] I found him/her to be incapacitated by reason of: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ to the extent that said Proposed Ward: [initial all that apply] _____ (a) [for guardianship:] lacks sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning his or her health or safety. _____ (b) [for conservatorship:] lacks sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning the management of his or her property. The following facts support my opinion of incapacity and the existence of an immediate threat(s) or risk(s) to the Proposed Ward: ____________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ GPCSF 12 [16] Eff. July 2017 The foreseeable limits on the duration of such incapacity are: ______________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. WITNESS MY HAND AND SEAL this ______ day of _________________________, 20____. ________________________________________________ Signature of Physician/Psychologist/Social Worker ____________________________________________________ Printed Name of Evaluator Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of _________________, 20___. ____________________________________ Notary Public My Commission Expires ________________ (NOTARY SEAL AFFIXED) GPCSF 12 [17] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SERVICE Due and legal service of the Petition for Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator is hereby acknowledged by the following interested persons as shown in paragraph 6 of said Petition, in addition to any nominated guardian(s) and/or conservator(s). The undersigned acknowledges that he/she has received a copy of the Petition and all further service and notice is waived. Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of ________________, 20____. ____________________________________ Signature ___________________________________ ____________________________________ NOTARY/CLERK OF PROBATE COURT Printed Name My Commission Expires _______________ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of ________________, 20____. ____________________________________ Signature ___________________________________ ____________________________________ NOTARY/CLERK OF PROBATE COURT Printed Name My Commission Expires _______________ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sworn to and subscribed before me this ______ day of ________________, 20____. ____________________________________ Signature ___________________________________ ____________________________________ NOTARY/CLERK OF PROBATE COURT Printed Name My Commission Expires _______________ GPCSF 12 [18] Eff. July 2017 NOTICE: 1. As to the Certificate to the Secretary of State, this page is to be used only when a determinative finding has been made that voting rights should be removed due to the lack of capacity of the Proposed Ward. The Order must be modified to reflect that this right was removed. The Certificate must be mailed to the Secretary of State. 2. As to the Certificate to the GBI, this page shall be used in all cases where a Guardianship and/or Conservatorship is established. Individuals so listed in this database will be prohibited from obtaining a firearm permit. In the event the Proposed Ward’s rights are restored, such restoration of rights shall be sent to the GBI so the database can be updated. Only the Certificate needs to be sent to the GBI and not the Guardianship Order. NOTICE THE FOLLOWING PAGES ARE TO BE COMPLETED BY THE PETITIONER (MOVING PARTY) UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY THE COURT. SEE PROBATE COURT RULE 5.6 (A). GPCSF 12 [19] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) ORDER FOR SERVICE AND EVALUATION OF THE PROPOSED WARD The above and foregoing Petition for the Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator for a Proposed Ward having been read and considered and it appearing that there is sufficient evidence to believe that the Proposed Ward is in need of a guardian and/or conservator within the meaning of O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-1 and/or 29-5-1, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that _____________________________________________ (physician) (psychologist) (licensed clinical social worker), telephone number ______________, is appointed to evaluate the above-named Proposed Ward at ____:____ ____m., on __________________, 20____ at __________________________________________________. [location name and address] In compliance with Georgia law and federal law, including HIPAA, healthcare providers shall permit the above evaluator to have access to the Proposed Ward’s medical records; IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the above-named Proposed Ward shall submit to an evaluation at the time and place stated above; IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the evaluator shall explain the purpose of the evaluation to the Proposed Ward; IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk shall immediately notify the Proposed Ward of these proceedings by having all pleadings, as well as this order and the notice of proceedings to appoint guardian and/or conservator, personally served on the Proposed Ward; and IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk shall mail by first-class mail the notice of filing of Petition for Guardianship and/or Conservatorship to all interested individuals identified in paragraphs 6, 7, 9, and 12 of the Petition. SO ORDERED this _________day of ________________________________, 20____. ___________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court GPCSF 12 [20] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) NOTICE TO PROPOSED WARD OF PROCEEDINGS TO APPOINT GUARDIAN AND/OR CONSERVATOR TO: ________________________________________________________________________ This is to notify you of a proceeding initiated in this Court by______________________, seeking to appoint: [initial all that apply] _____ (a) a guardian for your person; and/or _____ (b) a conservator for your property and to inform you of your right to independent counsel. If you wish to retain your own attorney, you must notify this Court within two days; otherwise, an attorney will be appointed for you by the Court. You are further notified that _________________________________________ has been appointed by the Court to evaluate you. You must submit to an evaluation by being present at: _____________________________________________ on ______________________, 20____, [location] [date] at __:_____ ___.m., which is not sooner than the fifth (5 th ) day after the service of notice on you. Failure to present yourself for evaluation at the time and place above will authorize the Court to order you transported directly to and from a medical facility or the office of the physician, psychologist, or licensed clinical social worker for the court-ordered evaluation. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED: YOU AND YOUR ATTORNEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO ATTEND ANY HEARING HELD ON THIS MATTER. IF A GUARDIAN IS APPOINTED FOR YOU, YOU MAY LOSE IMPORTANT RIGHTS TO CONTROL AND MANAGE YOUR PERSON. IF A CONSERVATOR IS APPOINTED FOR YOU, YOU MAY LOSE IMPORTANT RIGHTS TO CONTROL AND MANAGE YOUR PROPERTY. GPCSF 12 [21] Eff. July 2017 ALTHOUGH YOU MUST ATTEND THE EVALUATION, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RESPOND TO QUESTIONS. Witness my hand and seal this ______ day of ___________________________, 20____. ________________________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court ________________________________________________ Printed Name GPCSF 12 [22] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY It appears that the ward has not notified the Court of his or her retention of counsel; therefore, the attorney named below is hereby appointed as counsel for the Proposed Ward: Typed/Printed name of Attorney: _________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________ _________________________________________ Telephone Number: _________________________________________ The Clerk shall serve the appointed attorney with a copy of the Petition for the Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator for a Proposed Ward and any amendments, any objections, and all other orders pertaining to this case via first class mail. SO ORDERED this _________ day of ________________________________, 20____. ________________________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court I certify that I have on this date mailed (unless otherwise noted) in an envelope with proper postage affixed thereto for first-class delivery a copy of this order to the following at the address listed below: This ______ day of ___________________________, 20____. ________________________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court ________________________________________________ Printed Name GPCSF 12 [23] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) COURT APPOINTED EVALUATOR’S REPORT In compliance with the Order of the Probate Court of _____________________ County dated ___________________________, 20_____, I performed an evaluation of the above-named Proposed Ward on _________________________, 20_____. This evaluation took place at _____ _____________________________________________________________________________. The evaluation continued for __________ (minutes)(hours). I explained the purpose of the evaluation to the Proposed Ward. The following questions and tests were utilized in the evaluation: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Below is a list of all persons and other sources of information consulted in evaluating the Proposed Ward: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ The following is a description of the Proposed Ward’s mental and physical state and condition, including all observed facts considered: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ The following is a description of the overall social condition of the Proposed Ward, including support, care, education, well-being, and the functional capabilities of the Proposed Ward, determined by the evaluator: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ GPCSF 12 [24] Eff. July 2017 The following are my findings as to the needs of the Proposed Ward and their foreseeable duration: [initial all that apply] ________ (a) I find the Proposed Ward to be incapacitated by reason of ___________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________ to the extent that said Proposed Ward: ____ (i) [for guardianship:] lacks sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning his or her health or safety; and/or ____ (ii) [for conservatorship:] lacks sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning the management of his or her property. ________ (b) I do not find that the Proposed Ward meets the standards for guardianship set out in (a) (i) above. ________ (c) I do not find that the Proposed Ward meets the standards for conservator set out in (a) (ii) above. ________________________________________________ Physician licensed under Chapter 34 of Title 43 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated/ Psychologist licensed under Chapter 39 of Title 43 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated/ Licensed Clinical Social Worker ________________________________________________ Printed Name Sworn to and subscribed before me this _____day of _______________, 20_____. _____________________________________ NOTARY/ CLERK OF PROBATE COURT My Commission Expires _________________ [NOTE: This report must be filed with the Probate Court no later than seven (7) days after the Evaluation.] GPCSF 12 [25] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) ORDER FOR SERVICE AND NOTICE OF HEARING After review and consideration of the Petition for the Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator for a Proposed Ward and the court-ordered evaluation report, the Court finds that there is probable cause to support a finding that the Proposed Ward is in need of a guardian and/or conservator within the meaning of O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-1 and/or 29-5-1; therefore IT IS ORDERED AND ADJUDGED THAT: (1) A hearing shall be set for ___:_____ _____.m., on __________________, 20______, which is not less than ten (10) days from the date that this notice is mailed, to determine the need for the appointment of a guardian and/or conservator for the above-named Proposed Ward, to be held in the Probate Court of ________________ County, courtroom ______________________, (address) _________________________________________________________. (2) A copy of this order and a copy of the evaluation report shall be sent to the Proposed Ward, his or her attorney, and guardian ad litem, if any. These copies shall be sent by the Clerk, first-class mail, as soon as practicable after the signing of this order. (3) A copy of this order shall be sent to the interested person(s) shown in paragraphs 6, 7, 9, and 12 of the Petition, and to the Petitioner(s) and his/her/their attorney, if any. These copies shall be sent by the Clerk, first-class mail, as soon as practicable after the signing of this order. SO ORDERED this _________ day of ________________________________, 20____. ___________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court GPCSF 12 [26] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE OF ORDER FOR SERVICE AND NOTICE OF PROCEEDINGS TO PROPOSED WARD’S GUARDIAN AD LITEM AND ATTORNEY [NOTE: The entire Petition is required to be mailed to the Proposed Ward’s guardian ad litem (if any) and attorney.] I certify that I have on this date mailed (unless otherwise noted) in an envelope with proper postage affixed thereto for first-class delivery a copy of the Petition and order(s) to the following at the address listed below: This ______ day of ___________________________, 20____. _____________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Address _____________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 12 [27] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE OF ORDER FOR SERVICE AND NOTICE OF PROCEEDINGS I certify that I have on this date mailed in an envelope with proper postage affixed thereto for first-class delivery (unless otherwise noted) the Order for Service and Notice of Proceedings, to the following at the address listed below: This ______ day of ___________________________, 20____. _____________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court _____________________________________ _____________________________________ Address _____________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 12 [28] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) NOTICE OF FILING OF PETITION FOR GUARDIANSHIP AND/OR CONSERVATORSHIP The Petition of _____________________ and/or______________________________, was filed on ____________________, 20_____. The Petition is for _______________________ to be appointed as Guardian and for ___________________ to be appointed as Conservator for the above-named Proposed Ward. All interested persons are hereby notified to show cause, if any they have, why said Petition should not be granted. ____________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court By: ________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court ___________________________________ ____________________________________ Address ____________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 12 [29] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE OF NOTICE OF FILING OF PETITION [NOTE: Notice is required to be mailed to the spouse, family, and/or friends of the Proposed Ward as found in paragraphs 6, 7, 9, and 12 of the Petition.] I certify that I have on this date mailed in an envelope with proper postage affixed thereto for first-class delivery (unless otherwise noted) the “Notice of Filing of Petition for Guardianship and/or Conservatorship” to the following at the address listed below: This ______ day of ___________________________, 20____. _____________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Address _____________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 12 [30] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE OF ORDER AND NOTICE OF HEARING [NOTE: Notice is required to be mailed to the Proposed Ward’s guardian ad litem (if any) and attorney; and the Proposed Ward’s spouse, family, and/or friends as found in paragraphs 6, 7, 9, and 12 of the Petition.] I certify that I have on this day mailed (unless otherwise noted) in an envelope with proper postage affixed thereto for first-class delivery a copy of the Order and Notice of Hearing and a copy of the evaluation report to the Proposed Ward and other persons listed below as required by law, and to the following at the address listed below: This ______ day of ___________________________, 20____. _______________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Address _______________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 12 [31] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) ORDER FOR DISMISSAL The above and foregoing Petition for the Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator for a Proposed Ward having been read and considered pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-11 and/or 29-5-11: [Use only (a) or (b) and strike through the portion that does not apply.] _______ (a) Based on the allegations made in the Petition and prior to the court-ordered evaluation, it appears that there is not probable cause to believe that the Proposed Ward is in need of a guardian or conservator within the meaning of O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-1 and/or 29-5-1; therefore: _______ (b) Based on the allegations made in the Petition and after review and consideration of the court-ordered evaluation report filed with this Court, this Court finds that there is not probable cause to support a finding that the Proposed Ward is in need of a guardian or a conservator within the meaning of O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-1 and/or 29-5-1; therefore: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Petition is dismissed and that a copy of this order and the court-ordered evaluation report be served on the Proposed Ward, his or her attorney, his or her guardian ad litem, if any, the appointed Power of Attorney of the Proposed Ward as found in paragraph 7 of the Petition and to the Petitioner(s) or his/her/their attorney, if any, by first class mail. SO ORDERED this _________ day of ________________________________, 20____. ____________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court GPCSF 12 [32] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE OF ORDER FOR DISMISSAL [NOTE: Notice is required to be mailed to the Proposed Ward’s guardian ad litem (if any) and attorney; and the appointed Power of Attorney of the Proposed Ward as found in paragraph 7 of the Petition.] I certify that I have on this day mailed (unless otherwise noted) in an envelope with proper postage affixed thereto for first-class delivery with a copy of the order for dismissal to the Proposed Ward and other persons listed below as required by law, and to the following at the address listed below: This ______ day of ___________________________, 20____. _______________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Address _______________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 12 [33] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ PROPOSED WARD ) STIPULATION AND WAIVER BY PROPOSED WARD’S ATTORNEY IN RE: PETITION FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A GUARDIAN AND/OR CONSERVATOR FOR THE ABOVE-NAMED PROPOSED WARD The undersigned, as the attorney representing the above-named Proposed Ward in these proceedings, [initial all that apply] _______ (a) does hereby stipulate into evidence the affidavit prepared by _________________________________________, being the evaluation [name of affiant evaluator] report ordered by the Court in this matter, and hereby waives the appearance of such affiant at any hearing concerning the said Petition; _______ (b) does hereby stipulate into evidence the affidavit(s) prepared by _____________________________________________, which is the [name of affiant evaluator] affidavit referred to in the introductory paragraph part (b) of the Petition, and hereby waives the appearance of such affiant at any hearing concerning the said Petition; and/or _______ (c) does further waive the appearance of my client, the Proposed Ward, at said hearing. This _________ day of ________________________________, 20____. Signature of Attorney ______________________________________________________ Printed name of Attorney ________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ Telephone Number ____________________________ State Bar # _________________ GPCSF 12 [34] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ WARD ) FINAL ORDER A hearing was held on the above-referenced Petition for the Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator for a Proposed Ward on _________________________, 20_____, and after considering the pleadings, the evaluation report, and the evidence taken at the hearing, the Court makes the following: FINDINGS OF FACT 1. All procedural requirements of O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-11 and/or 29-5-11 have been met. 2. The above-named ward (does) (does not) lack sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning the management of his or her health and safety due to [state how or why lacks capacity]:________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. The above-named ward (does) (does not) lack sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning the management of his or her property due to [state how or why lacks capacity]: _______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Such incapacity appears to be (permanent) (temporary, not lasting more than ____ days). 3. The current value of the personal property and annual income of the ward is approximately $_________________. The ward has an interest in real property in the following locations: (a) ____________________________County, (state) ____________________________; (b) ____________________________County, (state) ____________________________; (c) ____________________________County, (state) ____________________________. The ward has outstanding debts of $_____________________ and average expenditures of $________________________ per month. GPCSF 12 [35] Eff. July 2017 4. Petitioner(s) moved the Court to appoint ____________________________ as guardian and ____________________________ as conservator asserting those individual(s) should serve because: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. [initial all that apply] _______ (a) Another individual, being ______________________________________, was nominated/designated by the ward to serve as guardian, _____ (i) and no good cause was shown to override such preference. _____ (ii) but good cause was shown not to appoint said individual, being: __________________________________________ _______________________________________________. _______ (b) Another individual with higher preference, being ___________________, was nominated/designated to serve as guardian by someone other than the ward, and/but it (is) (is not) in the best interest of the ward to appoint him/her guardian because ______________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________. _______ (c) Another individual, being __________________________________, was nominated/designated by the ward to serve as conservator, _____ (i) and no good cause was shown to override such preference. _____ (ii) but good cause was shown not to appoint said individual, being: __________________________________________ _______________________________________________. _______ (d) Another individual with higher preference, being ___________________, was nominated/designated to serve as conservator by someone other than the ward, and/but it (is) (is not) in the best interest of the ward to appoint him/her conservator because ____________________________________ ___________________________________________________________. 5. The Petitioner(s) requested that the guardian(s) and/or conservator(s) be granted the following additional powers pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-23 (b) and/or 29-5-23 (b) and/or (c): ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. GPCSF 12 [36] Eff. July 2017 CONCLUSIONS OF LAW The Court finds, by clear and convincing evidence that the above-named ward (hereinafter referred to as the “ward”) is in need of: [initial all that apply] _____ (a) a guardian because the ward lacks sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning his or her health or safety. The duration of the guardianship is (permanent) (temporary not lasting more than ______ days); and/or _____ (b) a conservator because the ward lacks sufficient capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning the management of his or her property. The duration of the conservatorship is (permanent) (temporary not lasting more than ______ days). IT IS ORDERED that ___________________________________ should be, and hereby is/are, appointed guardian(s) and _______________________________________ should be, and hereby is/are, appointed conservator(s) of the ward because: _____________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. Letters of guardianship and/or conservatorship shall issue to such guardian(s) and/or conservator(s) upon taking the required oath and upon the conservator(s) posting bond in the amount of $_____________. The appointed guardian(s) and/or conservator(s) shall have no authority to act on behalf of the ward until Letters of Guardianship and/or Conservatorship have issued. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that due to the appointment of a guardian, this Order REMOVES from the ward the power to: [initial all that apply] _____ (a) Contract marriage; _____ (b) Make, modify, or terminate other contracts; _____ (c) Consent to medical treatment; _____ (d) Establish a residence or dwelling place; _____ (e) Change domicile; _____ (f) Revoke a revocable trust established by the ward; and/or _____ (g) Bring or defend any action at law or equity, except an action relating to the guardianship. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that due to the appointment of a conservator, this Order REMOVES from the ward the power to: [initial all that apply] _____ (a) Make, modify, or terminate contracts, other than the power to contract marriage; _____ (b) Buy, sell, or otherwise dispose of or encumber property; _____ (c) Enter into or conduct other business or commercial transactions; _____ (d) Revoke a revocable trust established by the ward; and/or _____ (e) Bring or defend any action at law or equity, except an action relating to the conservatorship. GPCSF 12 [37] Eff. July 2017 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the guardian(s) and/or conservator(s) shall have the following additional powers as set forth in O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-23 (b) and 29-5-23 (b) and/or (c): ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the following reasonable sums of property shall be provided to the guardian to provide adequately for the ward’s support, care, education, health, and welfare until further Order of the Court: $_____________ per ________________________. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the guardian shall file, in addition to the personal status report, the following supplemental report (monthly) (annually): _____________________. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order shall be served by first class mail on the ward, the ward’s attorney, guardian ad litem, if any, the guardian(s) and/or conservator(s), and the Petitioner(s) or his/her/their attorney, if any. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the ward’s legal counsel shall make reasonable efforts to explain to the ward this Order and the ward’s rights under this Order. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, within thirty (30) days of the date hereof, the clerk shall file the certificate of creation of conservatorship in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 29-5-13 (d) with the Clerk of Superior Court of each county in this state in which the ward owns real property. SO ORDERED this _________day of ________________________________, 20____. __________________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court/Hearing Officer exercising the jurisdiction of the Probate Court pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 29-4-12 (d)(7) and/or 29-5-12 (d)(7) GPCSF 12 [38] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ WARD ) CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE OF FINAL ORDER [NOTE: Notice is required to be mailed to the ward’s attorney and guardian ad litem (if any).] I certify that I have on this date mailed (unless otherwise noted) in an envelope with proper postage affixed thereto for first-class delivery a copy of the Final Order to the ward and other persons listed below as required by law, and to the following at the address listed below: This ______ day of ___________________________, 20____. _______________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Address _______________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 12 [39] Eff. July 2017 Probate Court Return Mailing Address: _______________________________ _______________________________ (Above space to be used for filing in Superior Court Clerk’s Office Deeds and Records) IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ WARD ) CERTIFICATE OF CREATION OF CONSERVATORSHIP [Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 29-5-13 (d)] DATE ORDER ISSUED: ________________________________________________________ GRANTOR [NAME OF WARD]: __________________________________________________ GRANTEE [NAME OF CONSERVATOR(S) OF ABOVE WARD]: ________________________ A conservatorship has been created for the above-named ward. _____ (a) The Conservatorship is permanent. _____ (b) The expiration date set by court order is ______________________, 20_____. Original Certificate delivered or mailed to Clerk of Superior Court of _________ County on ______________________, 20_____. I do hereby certify that the above information is based on the Order of the Probate Court issued on the date set out above and that the above information is true and correct. By: _____________________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court GPCSF 12 [40] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ WARD ) CERTIFICATE OF FILING CERTIFICATE OF CREATION OF CONSERVATORSHIP I have this date hand-delivered and/or mailed for filing a Certificate of Creation of Conservatorship to the Clerk of the Superior Court of each of the following counties, together with payment of any recording costs: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ This ______ day of ___________________________, 20____. _______________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Address _______________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 12 [41] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ WARD ) __________________________________, ) DATE OF BIRTH ) LETTERS OF GUARDIANSHIP OF ADULT WARD FROM: the Judge of the Probate Court of said County TO: ____________________________________________, Guardian(s) The above-named adult ward was found by this Court to be in need of a guardian, and this Court entered an order designating you as such guardian(s). You have assented to this appointment by taking your oath. In general, your duties as guardian are to protect and maintain the person of the ward. Special Instructions: 1. It is your duty to see that the ward is adequately fed, clothed, sheltered, and cared for and that the ward receives all necessary medical attention. 2. You must keep the Court informed of any change in your name or address and promptly notify the Court of any conflict of interest arising between you and your ward. 3. Within sixty (60) days after appointment and within sixty (60) days after each anniversary date of appointment, you must file with the Probate Court a personal status report concerning your ward which shall include: (a) A description of the ward's general condition, changes since the last report, and needs; (b) Your recommendations for any alteration in the guardianship order; (c) All addresses of the ward during the reporting period and the living arrangements of the ward for all addresses; and (d) A description of the amount of any funds received and expended by the guardian for the support of the ward. 4. Please consult your attorney if you have any questions. 5. Your authority to act pursuant to these Letters is subject to applicable statutes and to any special orders entered in this case. Given under my hand and official seal, the _______ day of _________________, 20____ _______________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court [NOTE: The following must be signed if the judge does not sign the original of this document:] Issued by: __________________________________ (Seal) Clerk of the Probate Court GPCSF 12 [42] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ WARD ) __________________________________, ) DATE OF BIRTH ) LETTERS OF CONSERVATORSHIP OF ADULT WARD FROM: the Judge of the Probate Court of said County TO: ____________________________________________, Conservator(s) The above-named adult ward has been found by this Court to be in need of a conservator, and this Court has entered an order designating you as such conservator(s). You have assented to this appointment by taking your oath and posting a bond. In general, your duties as conservator are to protect and maintain the property of the ward. Special Instructions: 1. You must keep your ward’s funds separate from your own. You should put your ward’s funds in a separate checking or savings account, as appropriate, and make all payments by check. 2. You may not sell, mortgage, give away, or otherwise dispose of any of your ward’s property without a court order. 3. Without a court order, you may not spend any of your ward’s funds for any purpose except as set forth in the court approved budget. 4. You must file within two months of your appointment an inventory showing the ward’s property and a plan for managing, expending, and distributing the property. Further, you must file, within sixty (60) days of each anniversary date of these Letters, an annual return showing all receipts and disbursements, accompanied by an affidavit certifying that the original vouchers (checks) have been compared with the items listed on the return, and that the return is correct, together with an updated inventory and plan for managing the property. A copy of said return shall be sent by first class mail to the surety, the ward, and the guardian, if any 5. The regular commissions allowed a conservator are 2.5% on all sums of money received, and 2.5% on all sums paid out, as shown by the annual or final return. There are special rules concerning commissions for property delivered in kind, interest earned, extraordinary services, and market value of property held as of the last day of your reporting period. GPCSF 12 [43] Eff. July 2017 6. You must keep the Court informed of any change in your name or address and promptly notify the Court of any conflict of interest arising between you and your ward. 7. You should inform the Court of any change of location of your ward. 8. Please consult your attorney if you have any questions. 9. Your authority to act pursuant to these Letters is subject to applicable statutes and to any special orders entered in this case. Given under my hand and official seal, the _______ day of __________________, 20____. _______________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court [NOTE: The following must be signed if the judge does not sign the original of this document:] Issued by: __________________________________ (Seal) Clerk of the Probate Court GPCSF 12 [44] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ WARD ) __________________________________, ) DATE OF BIRTH ) LETTERS OF GUARDIANSHIP AND CONSERVATORSHIP OF ADULT WARD FROM: the Judge of the Probate Court of said County TO: ____________________________________________, Guardian(s) and Conservator(s) The above-named adult ward has been found by this Court to be in need of a guardian and conservator, and this Court has entered an order designating you as such guardian(s) and conservator(s). You have assented to this appointment by taking your oath and posting a bond. In general, your powers and duties are to protect and maintain the person and property of the ward. Special Instructions: 1. It is your duty to see that your ward is adequately fed, clothed, sheltered and cared for, and that your ward receives all necessary medical attention. 2. You must keep your ward’s funds separate from your own. You should put your ward’s funds in a separate checking or savings account, as appropriate, and make all payments by check. 3. You may not sell, mortgage, give away, or otherwise dispose of any of your ward’s property without a court order. 4. You may not spend any of your ward’s funds for any purpose, except as set forth in the court approved budget, without a court order. 5. You must file within two months of your appointment an inventory showing the ward’s property and a plan for managing, expending, and distributing the property. Further, you must file, within sixty (60) days of each anniversary date of these Letters, an annual return showing all receipts and disbursements, accompanied by an affidavit certifying that the original vouchers (checks) have been compared with the items listed on the return, and that the return is correct, together with an updated inventory and plan for managing the property. A copy of said return shall be sent by first class mail to the surety, the ward, and the guardian, if any. GPCSF 12 [45] Eff. July 2017 6. The regular commissions allowed a conservator are 2.5% on all sums of money received, and 2.5% on all sums paid out, as shown by the annual or final return. There are special rules concerning commissions for property delivered in kind, interest earned, extraordinary services, and market value of property held as of the last day of your reporting period. 7. You must keep the Court informed of any change in your name or address and promptly notify the Court of any conflict of interest arising between you and your ward. 8 Within sixty (60) days after appointment and within sixty (60) days after each anniversary date of appointment, you must file with the probate court a personal status report concerning your ward which shall include: (a) A description of your ward’s general condition, changes since the last report, and needs; (b) Your recommendations for any alteration in the guardianship and/or conservatorship order; and (c) All addresses of the ward during the reporting period and the living arrangements of the ward for all addresses. 9. Your authority to act pursuant to these Letters is subject to applicable statutes and to any special orders entered in this case. Given under my hand and official seal, the _______day of __________________, 20____. _______________________________________ Judge of the Probate Court [NOTE: The following must be signed if the judge does not sign the original of this document:] Issued by: __________________________________ (Seal) Clerk of the Probate Court GPCSF 12 [46] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ WARD ) CERTIFICATE OF VOTING RIGHTS REMOVED TO: Secretary of State Elections Division West Tower 802 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., SE Atlanta, Georgia 30334 The following individual has been adjudicated to lack sufficient mental capacity, and his or her voting rights have been removed: NAME: _______________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS: ____________________________________________________________________ DATE OF BIRTH: ______________________________________________________________ DATE OF ORDER REMOVING RIGHT TO VOTE: __________________________________ I have this date mailed for filing a Certificate of Voting Rights Removed and enclosed a copy of the Order removing such voting rights to the Office of the Secretary of State by placing a copy of same in an envelope addressed as set forth above and depositing same in the U.S. Mail, first class, with adequate postage thereon. This ______ day of ___________________________, 20____. _______________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court _______________________________________ ______________________________________ Address _______________________________________ Telephone Number GPCSF 12 [47] Eff. July 2017 CERTIFICATE OF GUARDIANSHIP / CONSERVATORSHIP ESTABLISHED *Mandatory Field Make Electronic Submissions via the Georgia Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Network -OR- Mail Guardianship / Conservatorship forms to: Georgia Crime Information Center Attention: CJIS Operations Unit 3121 Panthersville Rd. Decatur, Georgia 30034 *DATE OF ORDER (mm/dd/yyyy) *JUDGE’S NAME *PROBATE COURT COUNTY/ORI NUMBER *ESTATE NUMBER THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN ADJUDICATED TO LACK SUFFICIENT MENTAL CAPACITY AND GUARDIANSHIP/CONSERVATORSHIP HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED. *NAME (Last, First, Middle) *SEX *RACE *DATE OF BIRTH (mm/dd/yyyy) SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (###-##-####) CURRENT ADDRESS (Street Address) CITY STATE ZIP CODE SIGNATURE (Court Official) DATE SIGNED *Court Official’s Title GPCSF 12 [48] Eff. July 2017 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF _______________________ COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ) ) ___________________________________, ) ESTATE NO. ____________ WARD ) CERTIFICATE OF FILING OF CERTIFICATE OF GUARDIANSHIP/CONSERVATORSHIP ESTABLISHED I hereby certify that the above-stated information is true and correct and that I have this date mailed this Certificate of Guardianship/Conservatorship Established to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation by placing copies of same in an envelope addressed as set forth above and depositing same in the U.S. Mail, first class, with adequate postage thereon. This ______ day of ___________________________, 20____. _______________________________________ Clerk of the Probate Court

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