Guardianship

Forms

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NOTE: You may not need all of these forms, or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk with a lawyer. Find a lawyer.

For help finding local court forms you may need, go to your county's court website.

Forms to Start Guardianship (Ask the Court to Appoint a Guardian):

  • Confidential Guardian Screening (Form GC-212)
    See the instructions for this form.

    Each proposed guardian must complete his or her own form. This form is confidential and will not be a part of the public file. However, proposed guardians are required to complete and submit this form under Rule 7.1001 of the California Rules of Court. The information provided will be used by the court to help determine whether to appoint that person as guardian.
  • Duties of Guardian and Acknowledgment of Receipt (Form GC-248)
    Read the instructions for this form.
    Watch the instructions for this form.

    If the court appoints someone as guardian of the person for a child, he or she will be required to assume important duties and obligations. Each proposed guardian should read and clearly understand the information on this form.
  • Petition for Appointment of a Guardian (Form GC-210(P))

    The petition is the form that starts the guardianship process. This is where the proposed guardian states what he or she is requesting and why.
  • Child Information Attachment (Form GC-210(CA))
  • Indian Child Inquiry Attachment (Form ICWA-010(A)
  • Parental Notification of Indian Status (Form ICWA-020)

    One form must be filled out for each child that is a subject of this guardianship case.
  • Attachment to Notice of Child Custody Proceeding for Indian Child (Indian Child Welfare Act) (Form ICWA-030(A)

    This form is required if the child is of known Indian background.
  • Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) (Form FL-105/GC-120)
    See the instructions for this form.

    The UCCJEA form is required to give the judge information about the children who are the subject of this case, whether or not any other judge has made any court orders related to them, or if there are other people who claim a right to custody of them.
  • Consent of Guardian, Nomination, and Waiver of Notice (Form GC-211)


    This form is used when both of the parents and the proposed guardian agree to the guardianship.
  • Order Appointing Guardian of Minor (Form GC-240)

    This form is the formal order the judge signs at the hearing for general guardianship, if all the necessary forms have been completed and filed with the court and the court approves the appointment of the proposed guardian.
  • Letters of Guardianship (Form GC-250)

    This form, when signed by the court clerk, is proof of your status as the minor's guardian. You should always have a certified copy in your possession. The order is not effective until the Letters have issued.
  • Notice of Hearing (Form GC-020)

    The Notice of Hearing form is required by law to be delivered to all persons who are entitled to know about the guardianship proceeding. It informs the person that there will be a guardianship hearing, and when and where it will be held.
  • Order Dispensing with Notice (Form GC-021)
  • Declaration (Form MC-030)
    • If using Form (MC-030) for a "Declaration of Due Diligence"

      Watch the instructions for this form.
    • If using Form (MC-030) to "Object to Guardianship"
      See the instructions for this form.
  • Attachment to Judicial Council Form (Form MC-025)
    See the instructions for this form.

    Use this form for your attachments to Forms GC-210(P), GC-212, and other forms.

Select the form you need below, and follow the link to either download and print the file, or fill if out on your computer, then print it out.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms, or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk with a lawyer. Find a lawyer.

Find local court forms you may need by going to your county's court website.

Forms for Temporary Guardianship:

  • Petition for Appointment of Temporary Guardian of the Person
    (Form GC-110(P))

    The petition is the form that starts the guardianship process. This is where you state what it is you are requesting and why.
  • Order Appointing Temporary Guardian or Conservator (Form GC-140)
    See the instructions for this form.

    This form is the formal order the judge signs appointing you as temporary guardian.

Get instructions on how to "serve" these forms. Read "What is 'Proof of Service' in Guardianship?" (GC-510):

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NOTE: You may not need all of these forms, or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk with a lawyer.

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Find local court forms you may need by going to your county's court website.

Forms for After the Hearing:

  • Letters of Temporary Guardianship or Conservatorship (Form GC-150)
    See the instructions for this form.

    This form is proof of your status as temporary guardian once it is completed by you and signed by the court clerk. You should always have a certified copy in your possession. (There is a fee for having your Letter certified.) The order appointing you temporary guardian is not effective until the Letters have been issued.
  • Letters of Guardianship (Form GC-250)

    This form, when signed by the court clerk, is proof of your status as the minor's guardian. You should always have a certified copy in your possession. The order is not effective until the Letters have been issued.

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Find local court forms you may need by going to your county's court website.

Forms for Ending a Guardianship:

  • Petition for Termination of Guardianship (Form GC-255)
    See the instructions for this form.

    This petition may be filed by the guardian or the child's parent.
  • Order Terminating Guardianship (Form GC-260)
    See the instructions for this form.

    Prepare the Order and have it available on the date of your hearing. If the court grants the termination, the judge signs this order. You need to file the original order and a copy in the clerk's office after the judge signs it.
  • Notice of Hearing (Form GC-020)

    The Notice of Hearing form is required by law to be delivered to all persons who are entitled to know that you are asking the court to end the guardianship. It informs the person that there will be a hearing to end the guardianship, and when and where it will be held.

The judge has to be sure that everyone involved in the court case has information about what the other people have filed before he or she can let the case move forward. To prove to the court that copies of the documents were given to everyone, "Proof of Service" forms are to be filled out and filed properly with the court.

REMEMBER: YOU CANNOT SERVE YOUR COURT FORMS YOURSELF.

Someone over 18 (for example a friend, relative, or a professional process server) who is not involved in the case in any way must serve the court forms for you. The person who serves the documents has to complete one Proof of Service form for each person served and return it to you for filing with the court.

To read an information sheet called, "What is 'Proof of Service' in Guardianship?" (GC-510), click on the language you need.

Select the form you need below, and follow the link to either download and print the file, or fill if out on your computer, then print it out. These forms will open in a new window. When you have printed out each form, please close that window and continue on this site.

NOTE: You may not need all of these forms, or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk with a lawyer.

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Find local court forms you may need by going to your county's court website.


Proof of Service Forms:


For personal service, the server must fill out and sign one for each person served:

NOTE: If the server delivers papers to more people than can be listed on this form, ask the server to add the names of the additional people served on one or more copies of:


For service by mail, the server must fill out and sign one "Notice of Hearing" form for each person served by mail. The Proof of Service by Mail information is on the second page of form GC-020.

  • Proof of Service by Mail (Notice of Hearing) (Form GC-020)

NOTE: If there are more than four persons being served by mail, continue the list of persons served by mail on one or more copies of:


If you don’t know where one or more of the people who should be served lives now, the court will expect you to try very hard to find them. For example, it will expect you to look in the telephone directory for the area the person was living in the last time you had contact with them. It will expect you to contact the U.S. Postal Service for the forwarding address of the person and the Registrar of Voters in the person’s last county of residence. It will expect you to contact the person’s last known place of employment, and relatives, friends and acquaintances.

If you have contacted all of these people and agencies and still cannot find the person to serve them with copies of the court papers, you have to let the court know this by filling out and filing a “Declaration of Due Diligence.” (“Diligent” means steady, earnest, and energetic effort. Therefore, in this context “due diligence” means making as careful and thorough a search as can be expected from a reasonable person under the particular circumstances.)

Some courts have local “Declaration of Due Diligence” forms that you can use to let the court know what you have done to contact each person.

If your court does not have a local form, you could use the general:

You must make one copy of each Proof of Service form or "Declaration of Due Diligence" and take these forms to the court clerk. The clerk will file and stamp all the forms. The court will keep the original of each form, and will give the copies of these forms back to you.

KEEP YOUR COPY OF EACH PROOF OF SERVICE IN A SAFE PLACE and take it to any court hearing that has been scheduled in this case.

In most cases, you have to pay a fee to file papers with the court. The fees are a little different in each county. Usually counties have their fee schedules posted on their court's web site.

For some people who do not earn enough money, the court will say that they do not have to pay the fees. This is called a "fee waiver." To find out if you qualify for a fee waiver, read:

  • Information Sheet on Waiver of Court Fees and Costs
    (Form FW-001-INFO)

If you're not sure which forms to use, talk with a lawyer.

Find local court forms you may need by going to your county's court website.


Forms that Ask the Court for Fee Waivers:

  • Request to Waive Court Fees (Form FW-001)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Request to Waive Additional Court Fees (Form FW-002)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver (Form FW-003)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice: Waiver of Court Fees (Form FW-005)
  • Request for Hearing About Court Fee Waiver Order (Form FW-006)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice on Hearing About Court Fees (Form FW-007)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver After Hearing (Form FW-008)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice to Court of Improved Financial Situation or Settlement
    (Form FW-010)
    See the instructions for this form.
  • Notice to Appear for Reconsideration of Fee Waiver (Form FW-011)
  • Order on Court Fee Waiver After Reconsideration Hearing (Form FW-012)
    See the instructions for this form.

To learn more about fee waivers – who can get them, how long they last, and other important information -- please read: Fee waiver basics.