Maryland Guardianship

Court-Appointed Guardians

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.

Watch the orientation program here.

Guardian Checklists

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 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.

Access the online programs for guardians of disabled persons.
Access the online programs for guardians of minors.