Adult Guardianship

North Dakota Guardian Establishment Program

The North Dakota Department of Human Services operates the Guardianship Establishment Program. This is a state-funded program that can provide financial assistance to people who are petitioning for guardianship of an incapacitated adult. The application for this program is found here. Contact information for the Guardianship Establishment Program is located on the last page of the application. Please note that the application is completed before petitioning for guardianship. (See Guardianship Establishment Funds Protocol.)

Guardian Qualifications and Training Requirements

Learn how to identify when a guardianship is necessary, the qualification and training requirements for a guardian of an adult, and the responsibilities of a guardian.

Emergency Adult Guardianship

A North Dakota state district court may appoint an emergency guardian of an adult if the court finds that using the non-emergency guardianship appointment process is likely to result in substantial harm to the adult’s health, safety, or welfare, and that no other person appears to have authority and willingness to act in the circumstances.  Emergency guardianships can last no more than 90 days.

Emergency Adult Guardianship (Appointment of emergency guardian AFTER required court hearing)

Ex-Parte Emergency Adult Guardianship (Appointment of emergency guardian BEFORE required court hearing)

Establishing Adult Guardianship

After Adult Guardianships are Established

Adult Guardianship 5-year Reviews


Transfer Guardianship/Conservatorship


Other Resources

Following are other resources related to adult guardianship proceedings that may be of interest.


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