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Guardianship

Guardianship Information

A guardianship is a court case in which a person who is not the parent of a child asks for custody of the child, the power to manage the child’s property, or both. There are two types of guardianships.

Most cases go to the Probate Court. But if the child is a dependent or ward of the juvenile court, guardianship must be decided in Juvenile Court.

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Form Packet Name Description Form Links Resources
Guardianship - General Packet to obtain permanent or long-term orders. English (pdf ) Complete Forms Online (external site )

Guardianship Flow Chart (pdf )

How to Give Notice English (pdf )

How to Give Notice Spanish (pdf )

Serving Guardianship (Family Tree) (pdf )
Guardianship - Temporary Packet to obtain emergency orders. A general guardianship petition packet must be filed at the same time as the temporary packet. English (pdf ) Temporary Guardianship Flow Chart (pdf )
Fee Waiver - Guardianship If a person can't afford to pay the court costs and fees English (pdf )  
Accounting Forms:
  • Simplified
  • Standard
  English (pdf )

English (pdf )
Online Accounting Workshop (external site )

 

More Information About Guardianships (external site )

Guardianship Assistance Program (pdf )

Income-qualifying individuals may be eligible for free legal assistance through Riverside Legal Aid (external site ). To schedule an appointment in Riverside call 951.682.7968 or in Indio call 760.347.9456 or contact them online at www.riversidelegalaid.org (external site ).

Self-Help Probate

Self-represented individuals can obtain assistance with Probate matters using the links below. Please note: Self-Help Probate assistance is by appointment only.

Kin Care (pdf )

Relative caregivers of wards or proposed wards can obtain many types of assistance through KinCare in Hemet, including counseling, tutoring, support groups, and guardianship assistance.

How to Contact a Probate Examiner Regarding Probate Notes

After reviewing the probate notes on the website, you may email a probate examiner. (Email is checked daily and you should receive a response within 24 hours)

However, keep in mind the examiner may only answer procedural questions. Examiners may not give legal advice or advise you how to handle your matter.

Email a Probate Examiner relating to Probate Notes

Supervised Child Visitation can be defined as visitation limited to special situations where a third party, ordered by the court, is present with the visiting parent during the period of visitation with the children.

Learn more about supervised child visitation