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A guardianship is a court proceeding in which a person or agency is appointed by a judge to make decisions for an adult who has been determined to be incompetent. No person in Wisconsin can act as a guardian for an adult unless appointed by a court, and no guardian has any powers over an adult except those given by statutes and a court order.

Persons who may be eligible for guardianship are developmentally disabled, incompetent, a minor, a spendthrift, or have the infirmities of aging. A guardian is one who has the care of the person or property of another.

The guardian of the person makes decisions relating to the physical placement of the ward, the medical treatment, and control over the daily life of the ward. Once a year, the guardian of the person is required to file an Annual Report on the Condition of the Ward with the Register in Probate office.

The guardian of the estate takes possession of the ward's property, provides an inventory to the court of that property, and provides yearly annual accounts to the court of how the ward's assets have been maintained and spent. The guardian of the estate must protect and preserve the property of the ward while taking into account the best interests and needs of the ward.

Sometimes a ward must be protectively placed. A protective placement is a placement of a ward for the primary purpose of providing care and custody.

Contact:  Nancy J. Kallgren - Register in Probate
Phone: 715-732-7478
Fax: 715-732-7461
Address:  Marinette County Courthouse
1926 Hall Avenue, Room A125
Marinette, Wisconsin 5413
Office Hours:  8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday