The petitioner (the person who thinks the proposed ward needs a guardian) must attend the hearing. The petitioner needs to prove the case by testifying before the judge. The petitioner can have other witnesses testify too.
The proposed ward may come to the hearing if he or she wants to. The proposed ward’s attorney must attend the hearing. The proposed ward’s attorney must make sure that the Judge hears what the proposed ward wants in the case.
The court will read the mental evaluation. The person who did the mental evaluation can be required to testify at the hearing.
If the court finds that the proposed ward is either mentally ill or developmentally disabled and is unable to handle his or her financial or personal affairs, the Court will appoint a guardian. The Court can appoint a guardian even though the proposed ward does not want one.