How do I become a legal guardian in New Jersey?
October 24, 2011 2:37 PM Subscribe
How do I petition the court to become my little brother's legal guardian in New Jersey? A little background: My mother has a terminal disease, which may also cause her to be mentally incapacitated at some point (thanks in advance for the condolences). My little brother is 15 and lives at home with my mom. My mom has made it clear to myself and people around her that she wants me to become his guardian after she dies. But, I have had little luck figuring out the actual legal process for initiating the process.
posted by runcibleshaw to Law & Government (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So far, I've found out that there is something called "standby guardianship
" which seems like that's the thing I want. I know YANAL, but money is tight and I don't want to have to put out money for a lawyer if this is something I can do myself without too much trouble. If I'm reading everything right, it seems like I can just have my mom and my brother's dad (who is not my dad and does not have custody) write their intention to appoint me standby guardian and get it signed and witnessed. But, then I think have to petition the court to become guardian. I guess it's the petitioning part I don't understand how to do and I need to know if there's a form I have to fill out or something to get that started. If it helps my family is in Cape May County.