If you are the proposed guardian, you will need to fill out a Bond form.
This is a pledge that you will fulfill your duties and not take advantage of your authority.
Click the link at the bottom of the page to download a PDF of the Massachusetts Combined Bond Form. Save the form to your desktop and open it with Adobe Reader.
You will need to check a box stating that the Bond is one of these:
With personal sureties
With the support of a corporate surety Bond.
Usually if a family member is the guardian, you can check without sureties.
This is a sensitive business. People who need guardians are vulnerable. So, the Court requires this paperwork to make sure they are protected, even if the guardian is a parent.
Surety is a person or insurance company that will protect your family member's resources. If the guardian steals money or property, or causes harm to the person in their care, this acts as insurance so the person will not lose their money.
Sources: Jackins (2010), MA Guardianship Association