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A Guardianship Form: What Is It?

A guardianship form will be used by the parents or current guardians of a child to list who will care for the child in the event that they become unable to do so, either temporarily or permanently. This could be due to a medical illness, accident, or death. The form will be used to determine who the child will go to or if they will become a charge of the court.

Guardianship forms may vary from state to state. However, they will all require some basic information. The names of the current parents or guardians must be included, as well as the child’s name. The names of the supplemental, temporary, or other potential guardians must also be included. You should speak to the person you are listing on the form to ensure they are comfortable accepting guardianship of the children in case of an emergency. 

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Contents of a Guardianship Form

contents of a guardianship form

A guardianship form is an important document. Think about it - what if something happens? What if you get sick and are unable to care for your dependents or attend to your assets ? It's a nasty subject, we know, but this can happen. And if it does, you want to be sure your loved ones are left in the best possible temporary hands. This is why it's important you draw up a guardianship form template well before crisis occurs. It will save you and your loved ones time and stress in the case of an emergency.

Of course, you could go to a lawyer and pay to have guardianship forms drawn up. You can also save dollars and hassle by creating your own free guardianship form. It's a fairly simple document. The major components of a guardianship form are as follows:

Identify Everybody

This includes the dependents, yourself (or whomever is creating this agreement - we're assuming it's you), and the guardian you are appointing. This section should include full legal names, as well as details about the assets and/or the dependents' date(s) of birth and gender(s). It should also include the guardian's address, contact information and relationship to the dependent(s) .


This is a detail you will only be able to provide if the time comes. All the more reason to have a guardianship form template on hand. Your guardianship form should specify the time period during which your appointed guardian has guardianship duties. Be sure to check your state laws - maximum guardianship times vary from state to state.

What Can the Guardian Do?

Include sections explaining the say the guardian has in the following categories -


  • Travel

  • Healthcare

  • Education

Every guardianship agreement is different, so it's important to establish the ground rules for each of these topics.

What CAN'T the Guardian Do?

To make things completely clear, provide information on the guardian's limitations . For example, can the guardian make decisions as regards all medications, including psychotropic ones? Describe any limitations in detail, as the guardian will need to know his/her limits if the time comes.

Witnesses, Signatures, and Notarization Info

This is pretty self-explanatory. Rules may vary by state, but generally the guardianship form needs to be notarized, as well as signed and dated by the guardian and at least one witness.