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Guardianship in Pennsylvania

Finding Forms

Guardianship Bench Book The Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
"This Judicial Bench Book is intended to give Pennsylvania courts a road map for reviewing petitions, appointing counsel, conducting pre-trial proceedings, conducting the trial on the Petition for Adjudication of Incapacity and Appointment of Guardians, conducting post-trial proceedings, and monitoring court-appointed guardians. Throughout this book we strive to provide helpful tips and best practices, based upon experience, to enable courts to protect the fundamental constitutional rights of individuals who are alleged to be incapacitated, while promoting efficient and effective practices." (p.1)
"Note that this Bench Book concerns guardianships of adults (over age 18) determined or alleged to be incapacitated and does not address guardianships of minor children." (p.i)
See Appendix I (p.xi): Required Guardianship Forms and other Sample Guardianship Forms.

Manual for Guardians of Incapacitated Persons Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Orphans' Court Division
From Brochures & Manuals, see Court of Common Pleas - Orphans' Division > Manual for Guardians of Incapacitated Persons.
"In this manual you will find the law of guardianship in Philadelphia County with an explanation of how and when a guardian is appointed." (p.2) Includes select forms and sample decrees.

Orphans' Court Forms Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
Includes forms for Guardian's Inventory, Petition for Adjudication/Statement of Proposed Distribution, Report of Guardian, and more.

The Court of Common Pleas, Orphans' Court Division Philadelphia Courts
Forms are located under Forms > Guardianship and Incapacitated Person's Proceedings. Includes Philadelphia County specific forms for "Guardian Consent Form", "Guardian Address Confirmation Form", and "Account Filing Checklist - Guardian of Incapacitated Person Form 10-132d".

The following member database includes sample forms and information for guardianship in Pennsylvania. Members must be logged in to to access these databases. These databases are also available in the library.

PA Legal Forms
Includes a variety of forms on guardianship, including "Petition for Appointment of Conservator or Legal Guardian of Person and Estate of Adult who Physical or Mental Infirmity or Age, is Unable to Handle Affairs", "Petition for Notice to Minor to Nominate or Select Guardian", and "Temporary Guardianship Agreement". To find relevant forms, conduct a search for guardian. Forms can also be found in the Family Law category.

Dunlap-Hanna Pennsylvania Forms LexisNexis
Also available on the library's Lexis computers.
See Chapter 68: Uniform Transfer to Minors Act; Designation of Custodian, Chapter 79: Minors, and Chapter 80: Incapacitated Persons.

Pennsylvania Transaction Guide: Legal Forms LexisNexis
Also available on the library's Lexis computers. Also referred to as Bongiovanni.
See Chapter 82: Testamentary Guardians.