Petition for guardianship

Now that you've figured out who you want your family member's guardian to be, the next step is to fill out the paperwork.

The first part is the petition.

Click the link at the bottom of the page below to download a PDF of the petition.

[Note: There is a different version of this form if you are trying to set up guardianship for a child under age 18. Visit this Massachusetts Court System website for more information.]

Limited or General (Full) Guardian?

In #5 on the form, you must check if they need a general or limited guardian.

  • If you check limited, you need to explain which kinds of decision-making you want the guardian to have. In limited guardianship, the person keeps the right to make some of their decisions. Click the Limitations to Guardianship link at the bottom of the page to download a PDF list of examples.
  • If you check general (full), you need to explain why limited powers are not enough. The court prefers to give your family member as much independence as possible.

Sources: Commonwealth of MA, Jackins (2010)