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Corporate Guardianship

A corporate guardianship is a corporation or individual established to provide guardianship services for individuals who have no close family or other support systems and who need legal protection.

The Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) provides information about corporate guardianships. DQA webpages also provide information, guidance, and materials for those involved in the application process to become a corporate guardian.

Contact us

For questions regarding corporate guardianships, you can contact the DQA:


The wards of corporate guardians have rights as outlined in Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 85.13. DQA approves entities to act as corporate guardians in the state of Wisconsin. If you feel that a corporate guardian is not serving in the best interest of the ward(s), or that a ward is being abused or exploited in any way, you may file a complaint.

Find out if the guardian is a corporate or non-corporate guardian. Search the Corporate Guardianship Directory by County (PDF).

Filing a complaint against a non-corporate guardian

If the guardian isn’t a corporate guardian and doesn’t appear on the Corporate Guardianship Directory, DQA doesn’t have the authority to investigate the complaint. Complaints against non-corporate guardians may be directed to one of the following:

Filing a complaint against a corporate guardian

If the guardian is an approved corporate guardian, you may file a complaint.

Be prepared to provide information regarding the nature of the complaint including:

  • Your name, address, and phone number so that DQA may contact you for follow up. You may request to remain anonymous; however, the investigation may be incomplete if you can’t be contacted for more information.
  • The name and address of the corporate guardian.
  • The name of the ward or wards who have been affected.
  • The exact nature of the incident or alleged wrongdoing. Provide as much detail as possible about:
    • Who was affected.
    • When the incident occurred.
    • Where the incident occurred.
    • How the ward was affected/harmed.
    • How you became aware of the incident/allegation.
  • A description of the type and level of harm to the ward (physical, emotional, financial, etc.).
  • Names and contact information for other parties who could provide more details about the incident/allegation.

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Last revised January 13, 2023