(a) A petition for the Board to appoint a temporary guardian to bring or defend an action under this chapter and/or receive and administer workers’ compensation benefits for a minor or incompetent adult should be filed with the Board at the time the WC-14 is filed. In the case of a stipulated settlement, the guardianship petition should be filed prior to or at the time of the filing of the stipulated settlement agreement.
If payment to the minor or incompetent adult is pursuant to a WC-2, the guardianship petition should be filed with the Board and a guardian appointed prior to the payment of any monetary benefits to them.
(b) Any applicant for guardianship must submit a consent for proof of a criminal history record check at the time the petition for guardianship is submitted to the Board. When the petitioner resides, or has resided, in a jurisdiction other than Georgia within the five years prior to the date of the petition for guardianship, the petitioner must submit a certified copy or other proof of a criminal history record check from all jurisdictions of residence.
(c) If a petition is filed on behalf of a minor child or children, the petitioner shall inform, in writing, the Board whether the minor child or children reside with the petitioner.
(d) If a petition is filed with the Probate Court or any other court, the parties are directed to immediately notify, in writing, the Board. If the Probate Court or any other court appoints a guardian, the parties shall file a copy of the order with the Board.