When a person is unable to take care of their personal or financial needs because of age, disease, or disability, the court may appoint a guardian to manage his or her affairs. Court-appointed guardians play an important role in protecting Maryland most vulnerable individuals. The Maryland Judiciary is committed to supporting guardians and has developed an orientation program, training programs, and other resources to help guardians.
Note: The orientation and training requirements do not apply to public guardians or guardianships that terminate parental rights.
Guardian Orientation Program
Starting January 1, 2018, prospective guardians must watch a video Orientation Program before they are appointed the guardian of a minor or disabled person. The program covers the roles, duties, and responsibilities of a guardian and what to expect if appointed.
Once you are appointed as a guardian, there are certain steps you should take. These checklists will help you.
Guardians of the Person
Guardians of the Property
- Guardian of the Property of a Disabled Person Checklist
- Guardian of the Property of a Minor Checklist
Guardian Training Programs
Starting January 1, 2018, guardians of the person and property must complete a training program.
Some courts offer the training as a class you can attend. You can also complete the training programs online. Others will allow you to complete the training program online. Ask the court that appointed you as guardian how you can meet the training requirement.