Guardianship Article 17A Petition Program

Aviso: Este programa es en inglés, pero usted puede hacer click en "ÉSPAÑOL" para una traducción en cada pantalla. Debe responder a todas las respuestas en inglés, de lo contrario, el tribunal no aceptará sus documentos.

The Article 17A Guardianship Petition is used if you want to appoint a guardian for a person who is intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled.  [Learn more about Guardianship]

Using this program, a number of documents will be printed including the guardianship petition.

File this form in Surrogate's Court.


Information Checklist

You will need the following information with you when you use this program:

  1. The name, address and birth date of the person who is intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled (also called "the Ward").
  2. The name, address and birth date of the Ward's parents, brothers and sisters.
    • If the Ward's mother or father died, the date of death for that parent.
    • If the Ward's sister or brother died, the name, address and birth date of the Ward's nieces and nephews
  3. If the Ward is married and/or has children:
    • The name, address and birth date of the Ward's husband or wife
    • The name, address and birth date of the Ward's children
  4. If the Ward does not have living parents, brother or sisters, is not married and has no children:
    • The name and address of the Ward's living grandmothers and grandfathers.
  5. If the Ward lives in a group home:
    • Name of group home
    • Address of group home
    • Director of group home
    • Address for the director of group home
  6. For each proposed guardian, standby guardian and alternate standby guardian:
    • Name
    • Maiden names and aliases
    • Address
    • Date of birth
    • Education level
  7. If applying for guardianship of property:
    • If Ward gets income from employment, pension, trust, social security, unemployment benefits, other annual income: amount of annual income from each.
    • If Ward has personal property (bank account, life insurance policy, investment or brokerage account, stocks and bond, other personal property): account information and balances.
    • If Ward owns real estate - for each real estate holding: address, percentage owned, rental income, value, and mortgage amount.

Download the checklist of information you will need to complete this program.



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You can "Sign Up" for an account or go directly to the program without signing up by clicking on the green "Get Started" button. Then check to agree to the Terms of Use and click on "Continue" to begin the program.


About DIY Forms

This program is not e-fileable. Your papers must be printed, then filed at the Court.

Who Can Use These Programs?
You can use DIY Forms if:

  • you're a court user and you don't have a lawyer;
  • you're a legal services provider;
  • you're a pro bono lawyer. Pro bono lawyers filing a DIY Form must submit this pro bono affirmation.
  • you're from a low-bono (reduced fee) program. You must submit a low-bono affirmation with the filing.

Commercial use is prohibited and no one may charge for using these programs. When you begin the program, you will be asked to accept these terms of use.

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