Aguardian is a person appointed by the Probate Court to be legally responsible for another person (known as a “ward”) and/or his property.
A guardian of a person is appointed to protect the physical custody of a ward and to provide for the ward’s daily needs such as food, shelter, and medical care.
A guardian of an estate is appointed to manage the property and financial assets of the ward for the ward’s best interest such as paying bills and making investments. The probate court requires an account to be filed every two years in order to keep track of the ward’s funds.
A guardian of a minor child for the purposes of seeking legal custody should not be filed in Probate Court. If legal custody of a minor child is being pursued, a complaint for custody must be filed in Juvenile Court.
Minor guardianships are not to be filed for school purposes only. In the event that a minor guardianship is needed for school purposes, this must be filed as a complaint for Custody in Juvenile Court.
NEW Superintendence Rule 66 Regarding Guardianships
As of June 1, 2015 the Supreme Court of Ohio implemented new Superintendence Rule 66 regarding guardianships. An important provision in this new rule is guardianship training which requires all guardians to receive six hours of fundamental education, then three hours of continuing education every year thereafter.