If you are placed in a position where you may need to assume guardianship of an adult Colorado resident — an elderly parent or grandparent, an adult child who suffered a disabling condition like a traumatic brain injury or another individual — you will need to meet several requirements in order to be appointed their guardian.
Guardians are vetted very carefully before being selected to serve. This helps protect the dependant individual who needs a guardian from harm.
What does it take to be someone’s guardian?
Every situation has to be judged on its own merits. In general, however, these are the qualifications and requirements of Colorado guardians:
- You must have concerns about the individual’s well-being to file a petition for guardianship.
- You have to be 21 or older to be named as guardian. If you are under 21, you may petition the court to name another person who has met the age requirement.
- The court must determine that the person does indeed need a guardian. In plain terms, that means that the person cannot make decisions on their own without someone else’s help and not be able to care for their own personal needs without assistance.
- You should have decent credit and a clean criminal record. The court will run credit and background checks on the proposed guardian to ensure that they are suitable to be appointed as guardian of the individual.
- Although it might be easier in some ways if you reside here, you do not necessarily have to be a Colorado resident to be the guardian of an adult Colorado resident.
As always, there are exceptions to the rule. If you are petitioning the court to be the guardian of an adult child who lives with you, it might not be necessary to run your credit report or review your criminal background. A Colorado attorney who handles guardianships can clarify those requirements for you to determine whether they are indeed necessary.