Guardianship Materials

Legal Guardian

A  guardian has legal authority to make personal and financial decisions for a child or incapacitated party, indefinitely. This person is appointed by a court to serve as the guardian of a minor child or an incapacitated person to assure that the essential requirements for the health and safety of the person are met, to manage the estate or financial resources of the person, or both.

The Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association has assembled a how-to guide for those needing to establish legal guardianship. The handbook is available in PDF through the button below.

Guardian Ad Litem

A guardian ad litem is a person appointed by a judge to be the legal advocate of a child to determine a child’s best interests, in a single court action. A judge may appoint a guardian ad litem in divorce, parental termination or adoption cases to investigate and make recommendations about the custody arrangement best suited to the child’s needs. A guardian ad litem may also be appointed in guardianship cases to represent incapacitated persons.

The Family Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association has assembled the Standard Operating Manual for Oklahoma Guardians Ad Litem Under Title 43. The manual is available in PDF through the button below.

Oklahoma Access to Justice

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