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Surrogate's Court
17A Guardianship Petition Program

About the program
Information checklist
Computer requirements
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About the program

The Article 17A Guardianship Petition is used if you want to appoint a guardian for a mentally retarded or developmentally disabled person.

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

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Information checklist

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

  1. The name, address and birth date of the mentally retarded or developmentally disabled person (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

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Computer requirements

You must have the following on your computer to use this program:

  1. Adobe Flash to see the program. Download it now for free.
  2. Microsoft Word to properly view and print the completed court forms. If you do not have Word, you can download Word Viewer now for free and view and print Word documents, even if you donít have Word on your computer.

    Note: Microsoft WordPad is not the same as Microsoft Word. WordPad will cause problems with your documents.

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17A Guardianship Petition Program

Note: You will be taken to our partner website called LawHelp Interactive.

You can "Sign Up to Save Your Work" or go directly to the program without signing up by clicking on "Get Started" or "Go". Then check to agree to the Terms of Use and click on "Continue" to begin the program.

NYS DIY Forms are only for court users who don't have a lawyer and legal services and pro bono attorneys and staff helping clients who cannot afford lawyers. 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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This program was created by a partnership between the state courts and the civil justice community.

Last updated on April 24, 2014

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