In response to the increased number of indigent county residents in need of guardianship assistance, Shelby County Probate Judge William R. Zimmerman and his staff, Chief Deputy Clerk Patricia Rosengarten and Deputy Clerk Carla Busse, have developed a volunteer guardianship program.
A guardianship becomes necessary when an adult becomes incompetent
and no longer is able to make medical and personal decisions. The
volunteer program will assist these individuals by coordinating
appointment of guardians. To be eligible, the incompetent adult must be
indigent, a resident of a local nursing home, and have no family members
available to be a guardian.
The Probate Court has recruited local attorneys and social workers to
serve as volunteers in this program. All volunteers have completed a
BCI and FBI background check. To date, the following attorneys and
social workers have agreed to participate in the program: Rich Wallace,
Jim Thieman, Tonya Thieman, William R. Zimmerman Jr., Joseph Chrisman,
Curtis Henschen and Kathy Lindsey.
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Court develops guardianship program