A guardianship action is a court procedure to appoint someone called a “guardian” to make medical and/or financial decisions for an incompetent person called the “Ward”. You may retain an attorney to complete the forms and appear at the guardianship hearing, but the law does allow individuals to petition the court without an attorney. However, as the Register in Probate and his/her staff are unable to give you legal advice and this can be a very complicated procedure, we urge you to consult with an attorney about this process.
A conservatorship is a voluntary court action taken by a person who wants assistance with their assets from another person (i.e. bill paying, investing, etc.). However, unlike a person acting under a Power of Attorney, a conservator is required by state statute to file an accounting with the court annually.
Your local Register in Probate may have a packet of forms available for purchase or you may obtain the forms by going to: wicourts.gov/forms1/circuit, then click on conservatorship.