Either the proposed guardian or a parent of the child for whom a guardianship is sought may pick up a Petition for Temporary Letters of Guardianship of Person of Minor from our office. This Georgia Probate Court Standard Form is also available at the official statewide Probate Court website. The petition available at our office has other, non-standard forms that will also need to be filled out, including a Consent Form for a criminal background check and a guardian questionnaire.
Acknowledgment & ConsentThe petitioner(s) must fill out and sign a consent form allowing Probate Court to receive information concerning their criminal records. The signed, notarized consent form(s) should be filed with the guardianship petition. The fee is $5 for each person's criminal record check and this fee will be charged with the filing fees for the petition.
The person filing the petition should neatly complete pages 1, 2 and page 3 before filing with the court. Make sure the blanks on Acknowledgment and Consent form (page 6) are filled in properly before the parents sign this page. By signing this page, the parents are consenting to the appointment of the proposed temporary guardian.
Signature & Identity RequirementsWhere indicated, the petition must be signed in the presence of a notary public or a Probate Court clerk and the appropriate seal affixed. Proper identification of the person(s) signing the document must be provided.
A copy of the minor's birth certificate showing the full name of the minor and parent information will be required.
If a minor is between the ages of 14 and 18, he or she should accompany the proposed guardian to the court in order to sign, in the presence of a court clerk, the selection of the petitioner as temporary guardian (page 5).
Once pages 1, 2, 3 and 6 of the petition, the consent form, and the questionnaire are completed, the proposed guardian can file them with a court clerk. At this time, a clerk will prepare the notice section of the Petition for Temporary Letters of Guardianship, if necessary.
After complying with all of the necessary legal requirements and if your petition is approved, then the final order will be granted and Temporary Letters of Guardianship will be issued to you. The certified copy of the Letters of Temporary Letters of Guardianship will be mailed to the Temporary Guardian 7 to 10 days after they are issued.
For More InformationPlease call 770-830-5840 if you need further information or have procedural questions. Questions of a legal nature must be directed to an attorney.
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