What is Guardianship?
guardianship is an involuntary trust relationship in which one
party called a guardian acts for an individual called the ward.
The law regards the ward as incapable of managing his or her own
person and/or affairs.
are the duties of a Guardian?
guardian may be appointed either a guardian of the person, a guardian
of the estate or both.
A guardian of the person has custody of, controls, and protects
the person of the ward. A guardian of the estate controls and
protects the assets and/or property of the ward.
Types of Guardianship:
Minor – Any person under 18 years of age.
Incompetent – Any person who is so mentally impaired as
a result of a mental or physical illness or disability or mental
retardation or as a result of chronic substance abuse that he
is incapable of taking proper care of himself or his property.
Should I have an attorney?
Yes. Due to complex legal matters involved in adoption proceedings
it is recommended that
individuals seek legal counsel.
I appear in Court?
Yes. It is mandatory, whether adopting through an agency or independently,
that the person adopting and the child or children sought to be
adopted appear before the Probate Court for final hearing.
do I access my adoption records?
files are confidential and closed to the public. For further information
contact the court.
person desiring to change his or her name must be a resident of
the county at least one year prior to the filing of an application.
An attorney is not required for the filing of a change of name.
Contact the court for further information.
Where to file?
must be filed in the Probate Court of the county in which the
about a name change on behalf of a minor?
the application is made on behalf of a minor under eighteen (18)
years of age, application must be made by one of the natural parents
or legal guardian. The consent of both living biological parents
in writing must be filed with the application. A formal hearing
will be held with notice sent to all
change of name – Copy of birth certificate required
change of name – Certified copy of birth certificate
REGISTRATION AND CORRECTION OF BIRTH RECORDS:
are the requirements?
law provides that whoever claims to have been born in this State,
and whose registration of birth is not recorded or has not been
properly and accurately recorded may make application to register
or correct their birth record.
The Probate Court of the county of birth.
2. The Probate Court of the county of residence.
3. The Probate Court of the county in which the mother resided
at the time of birth.
records from 1867-1908
Death records from 1869-1908
records from July 1840 up to the present time.
Estates from 1849 up to the present time.
are available for interested parties searching for their ancestors.
Due to the amount of time and personnel involved, we do not provide
The cost for
a certified copy of a birth, death or marriage record is $2.00.
by mail, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.