How Can I Get a Certified Copy of Guardianship Papers for My Sister?

By Brad Miller
Many court documents require certification in order to be valid.

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Many tasks and responsibilities of a guardian require a certified copy of the guardianship order. This certification is sworn to and stamped by a clerk of the court. Each state has different requirements for certified copies.

Contact the court clerk office to determine if the request for certified copies must be made in person or in writing. You'll usually need to talk to someone in the certification, records or probate divisions.

Submit the request, and fee, if required.

Obtain the document at the clerk's office or wait to receive it in the mail. Electronic methods are not usually used as the certification is only valid with a clerk's original signature.

About the Author

Brad Miller has been a law clerk for six years and has been writing professionally since 2005. He has written Court of Appeals and Supreme Court briefs, and he writes for an artist-based magazine called "Bazooka." Miller holds a Bachelor of Integrated Studies in organizational communication from Murray State University and plans to pursue a master's degree in journalism.

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