- When Catholic Charities receives a referral, a petition for guardianship /conservatorship must first be filed with District Court by a friend, family member, social worker or other professional. Catholic Charities staff may not be the petitioner.
- Next, written notice will be given to family members. Then a court visitor makes an impartial assessment, and an attorney is obtained to assure that the rights of the proposed ward/protected person are protected.
- Lastly, a court hearing is held and a judge determines if a guardianship or conservatorship is needed. The judge also decides whether Catholic Charities should serve as the guardian or conservator. Catholic Charities staff is available to attend this hearing.
Michelle St. Amour-Smith, LSW
Director of Court Appointed Services
Catholic Charities Diocese of Winona
111 Market Street, Suite 2
PO Box 379
Winona, MN 55987
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Winona, is a member of good standing with the Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship (MAGiC). We comply with their standards for client services and procedures. For more information regarding MAGiC you can visit their website »