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Guardianship is a court proceeding in which a judge gives someone who is not the parent, custody of a child, or the power to manage the child's property (called "estate"), or both.

You may obtain more information about guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, duties of a guardian, becoming a guardian and ending a guardianship.

Guardianship Video

We show this helpful video to all people interested in learning more about the court process to obtain a guardianship. Contra Costa County courts provide the videos, but apply equally as well to San Luis Obispo.

The full video is about 30 minutes. Click here to watch the video: Guardianship Video

Instructions and Sample Forms

You may click on the following link to view instructions and a sample of completed forms: Instructions and Sample Forms

Need Filing Help?

Request Guardianship

Check Probate Notes

If you have an upcoming hearing, you may check the status of your case here.  This information is updated before the day of your hearing.  By checking these notes right before your hearing, you may be able to correct something before the judge rules on your case.

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