In Georgia, the Probate Court may grant guardianship or conservatorship of an adult resident of the State who is found by the court to be incapacitated.
The probate court grants guardianship petitions for adults whom it determines lack the capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions about their health or safety.
Similarly, the probate court grants conservatorship petitions for adults whom it determines lack the capacity to make or communicate significant responsible decisions concerning the management of their property.
The probate court grants emergency guardianship and/or conservatorship petitions when an adult meets the criteria for appointment and there is an urgent need for action due to circumstances that put the proposed ward at immediate risk of harm or property loss.
An emergency guardianship petition may be granted if the court determines that there is an immediate, clear, and substantial risk to the ward for death, serious injury, illness, or disease. Similarly, an emergency conservatorship petition may be granted if there is an immediate substantial risk of irreparable waste or dissipation of the property of the ward.