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Guardianship

Lending Library items are available to be checked out for two weeks to all North Dakota residents.

Handouts are available in either print or digital format. Printed handouts are free to keep. Digital materials are available to download at your convenience.

Lending Library - Books (3)

Handouts (4)

Books

A New Look At Guardianship
by Tony Apolloni & Thomas P. Cooke
This book summarizes information on changes that have occurred in the area of legal and programmatic solutions to the "old-age" question. It is written to acquaint parents and professionals with emerging options for improving the security, stability, and continued of services for dependent persons. (parents & professionals)

Special Needs Trust Administration Manual: A Guide for Trustees
by Jackins, Blank, Shulman, Macy, & Onello
The Special Needs trust Administration Manual is an invaluable guide for anyone who is managing a Special Needs Trust for a person with disabilities. The authors bring many years of experience in guiding trustees through the complicated rules of Special Needs trusts. In clear and easy to understand language, the authors explain how a trustee can use trust funds to meet the financial needs of a person with disabilities while complying with the complex rules of government benefit programs.

Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future
by Stephen Elias
If you care for a child or other loved one with a disability, you've no doubt thought about what will happen when you're no longer able to give that care. This book shows you how to leave any amount of money to your disabled loved one, without jeopardizing government benefits. It provides plain-English information and forms that let you create a special needs trust by modifying your will or living trust document.

Handouts

Guardianship
Pathfinder Services of ND
This document explains what guardianship and provides a summary of the guardianship process in North Dakota. (English)
Download

Guardianship Tool Kit
Pathfinder Services of ND
Information about guardianship in the state of North Dakota. (English)
Download

Guardianship Handbook: A Guide for Court Appointed Guardians in North Dakota
ND DHS
Guardianship is a court-appointed relationship between a competent adult/entity (guardian) and a person considered unable to handle his or her affairs (ward). People with disabilities may find themselves in need of a guardian. If you are contemplating taking on this role or have been recently appointed as a guardian, the handbook provides helpful information about guardianship, alternatives to guardianship and answers to frequently asked questions. (English)
Download

Seven Areas of Guardianship
Pathfinder Services of ND
This handout details how the district court considers a person’s need for guardianship in seven different areas and chooses whichever option is least restrictive. (English)
Download

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