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Petition for Appointment of Temporary Guardian

Petitions to Appoint Temporary Guardians (an emergency 21-day guardian, a health care guardian for up to 90 days, and a provisional guardian for as long as 6 months) should be filed in the Probate Division of the Superior Court. Once your Petition is completed and reviewed in the Probate Division, you may be provided a hearing date, usually within a very short time frame.

At the hearing, you must provide proof to the judge that the Subject is in an emergency, or is incapacitated. You may be required to provide medical evidence or testimony. If you do not understand how to fill out the forms and follow court procedures, you should talk to a lawyer. A lawyer will be appointed by the Court to represent the Subject at the hearing, even if the Subject is unable to attend in person.

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Judge-in-Chambers Office

Moultrie Courthouse
500 Indiana Avenue, NW
Room 4103
Fourth floor

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Hours of Operation

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


All government holidays

Office Number

(202) 879 - 1133