The Adult Guardianship Assistance Program is designed to help guardians successfully fulfill their responsibilities.
Most people who are appointed as a guardian have never been in this position before. Guardians may not fully understand what they are required to do, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed, especially if they have other personal and professional obligations.
Additionally, guardians may not be aware of the range of public and private resources that are available to answer their questions and provide assistance.
Guardians are not in this alone. The Adult Guardianship Assistance Program was created specifically to help ensure that guardians have the knowledge and resources to help them provide the best service possible to the person under guardianship.
Who is eligible?
Anyone who has been appointed guardian of a person, and the person under guardianship lives in Montgomery County.
How does the Program work?
A Court-appointed Visitor will be assigned to a case in which a guardian of the person has been appointed. The Court-appointed Visitor will meet with the guardian, the ward (the person under guardianship), and other people involved in the ward’s daily care to gather information about his/her living and care arrangements. If needed, the visitor will make recommendations to the guardian to ensure that he/she is fulfilling the duties.
What can the Court-appointed Visitor do?
Most importantly, the Court-appointed Visitor will make sure the guardian knows and understands the duties and responsibilities of being a guardian, such as the reporting requirements to the Court.
The Court-appointed Visitor will help identify services and other resources to assist the guardian fulfill their responsibilities. The visitor can help connect the guardian with programs sponsored by the Aging and Disability Resource Unit, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and other nonprofits and service providers throughout the County. Examples include transportation services, answers to Medicare and Medicaid questions, housing options, respite care services.
What can the Court-appointed Visitor NOT do?
The Court-appointed Visitor may not:
- Give legal advice
- Provide direct services such as transportation
- Fill out forms or applications
- Complete or file the Annual Report
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For more information, contact:
Montgomery County Circuit Court
Adult Guardianship Assistance Program
50 Maryland Avenue, South Tower, Room 1500
Rockville, MD 20850
Resources for Guardians
Aging and Disability Resource Unit, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Address: 401 Hungerford Drive, #3, Rockville, MD 20850
Information and/or assistance for seniors, persons with disabilities, and/or caregivers.
Provides a searchable directory to help you find information about community services like assisted living, meals, medication management, Medicare, Medicaid, caregiver support, transportation, and in-home care.
311 is Montgomery County Government’s telephone number to find government programs and services.
Fee Panel Policy in Guardianship Cases
In guardianship matters, requests for attorney’s fees for the Alleged Disabled Person or fees for the Guardian of the Property shall be referred to the Guardianship Case Manager, who will review the requests and any responses thereto.
After review, the Guardianship Case Manager will refer the request to a member of the Guardianship Fee Review Panel (Judge Bair, Judge Callahan, and Judge Jordan).
If the Guardianship Fee Panel Judge determines that a hearing is necessary, the hearing will be set on that judge’s docket.
Court-Appointed Counsel for Alleged Disabled Persons and Approved Guardians of Property
NOTE: The following list is in alphabetical order; the Court makes no representation as to the competency of a particular attorney, but only that each attorney has completed the mandatory training and complied with the Policy and Procedures established by the Circuit Court for Montgomery County for appointment of Court-Appointed Counsel for the Alleged Disabled Person and Guardian of Property.
It is anticipated that additional attorneys who have completed training and are eligible for appointment will be added to the list.
**Court appointed Counsel for the Alleged Disabled Person only and NOT Guardian of Property
50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM