Guardianship and Conservatorship
Guardianship is the legal relationship between a competent adult (Guardian) and an incompetent adult or minor child (Ward). Guardianship transfers rights and powers from the Ward to the Guardian, so that the Guardian has the power to make decisions on the Ward’s behalf. Guardianship and conservatorship offer the most restrictive types of decision making needed when individuals cannot make decisions for themselves. This includes individuals from birth to death: elderly because of health conditions and minors because of age.
Guardian and Conservator Training Classes
Classes fulfill Guardian/Conservator education requirements set by the Nebraska Probate Code. Classes are approved by Nebraska Supreme Court.
This class provides detailed information for those serving as guardian or conservator. Most classes are co-taught by a volunteer attorney through the Nebraska State Bar Association who answers general legal questions.
If you have any questions please contact the Office of Public Guardian.
Phone: (402) 471-2862
Click the button below to learn more where to register and pay for a class.Guardian/Conservator Training Classes across Nebraska | en Español
Guardianship of Minors
Youth in Nebraska who are 18 and under are considered minors and therefore guardianship is required* (with some exceptions). There are different requirements depending upon the type of guardianship.
Less restrictive alternatives to full guardianship for decision making should be considered before a crisis hits.
Guardian and Conservator Responsibilities
Below are UNL Extension publications on guardian and conservator responsibilities.
- What is guardianship?
- Responsibilities to the court
- Responsibilities to the ward
- Financial responsibilities
- Alternatives to Guardianship
- Decision Making as a Guardian/Conservator
- Guardianship of a Minor
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- Guardianships/Conservatorships Required Forms used in County Court — provided by Nebraska Supreme Court
- UNL Extension Publications — List of Guardianship NebGuides (in English and Spanish)
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