EMERGENCY REQUESTS RELATING TO

GUARDIANSHIP, CONSERVATORSHIP AND

MENTAL HEALTH COMMITMENT MATTERS

 

As a service to persons who believe they have an emergency request relating to a guardianship, conservatorship and/or mental health commitment matter that is either pending before the Court or with regard to which it is believed that the Court would have jurisdiction of, the following information is offered.

 

            Guardianship and Conservatorship Matters

 

If a person has an emergency request relating to a guardianship or conservatorship matter, the following information is offered:

 

Existing - Pending Case

 

1.         Contact the lawyer(s) involved in the case.  This information is available through the Court’s Internet web site and the Judicial Section of the web site.

 

2.         All requests for court ordered action must be stated in writing, signed by the person making the request and the original, executed request delivered to the Court.  Copies of any such request should also be mailed to all lawyers involved in the case.  To ascertain the identity of such lawyers, refer to the Judicial Section of the Court’s Internet web site.  The addresses of lawyers can be obtained from the Alabama State Bar’s Internet web site (noted in the Court’s “Links” Section).

 

3.         The requester can contact the Judicial Division of the Court with specific questions at (251) 574-6009 or probatecourt@probate.mobilecountyal.gov .  However, please note that the Court and its staff are prohibited by Alabama law from offering any forms or providing any legal advice.

 

New Matter

 

1.         Contact the Mobile County Department of Human Resources.

 

            A.        Matters Concerning A Child (A Person Under 19 years of age)

 

If the matter concerns a child, the Child Welfare Division should be contacted. 

           

            Telephone: (251) 450-9100


 

 

            B.        Matters Concerning An Adult

 

If the matter concerns an adult, the Adult Protective Services Division should be contacted. 

 

            Telephone: (251) 450-1800

           

2.         Seek legal counsel.  If you are unable to pay for the services of a lawyer, it is suggested that you contact the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program (SAVLP) to ascertain eligibility for a volunteer lawyer to assist you.  When you contact SAVLP staff

members will assist you in applying for services.  The contact information for SAVLP is as follows:

 

            Client Telephone Application Line: (251) 438-1102 or 1-(855) 997-2857

            Website: www.savlp.org

            E-mail: info@savlp.org

 

 

3.         All requests for court ordered action must be stated in writing, signed by the person making the request and the original, executed request delivered to the Court.  Information (identity, address, age and mental status) of interested persons must be included or identified to the Court.  Further, in most instances the copy of a written report from a medical professional concerning the alleged incapacitated person should be attached to the petition in support thereof.    The person making the request should refer to the Code of Alabama (1975) (available in the Court’s “Links” Section).  In many instances, Alabama law requires these requests to be executed in the presence of a notary public, with an acknowledgment that the statements contained in the request are true and correct to the best of the requester’s information, knowledge and belief.

 


4.         The requester can contact the Judicial Division of the Court with specific questions at (251) 574-6009 or probatecourt@probate.mobilecountyal.gov .   However, please note that the Court and its staff are prohibited by Alabama law from offering any forms or providing any legal advice.

 

            Mental Health Involuntary Commitment Matters

 

Existing - Pending Case

 

1.         Contact the lawyer(s) involved in the case.  If you do not have this information, you can obtain it by contacting  the Court at (251) 574-6011 or probatecourt@probate.mobilecountyal.gov .

 

2.         All requests for court-ordered action must be stated in writing, signed by the person making the request and the original, executed request delivered to the Court.  Copies of any such request should also be mailed to all lawyers involved in the case.

 

3.         The requester can contact the Judicial Division of the Court with specific questions.  However, please note that the Court and its staff are prohibited by Alabama law from offering any forms or providing any legal advice.

 

4.         If a mental health consumer is the subject of an order of the Court for treatment in the community and they are not compliant with the Court’s order, AltaPointe Health Systems, Inc. (“AltaPointe”), Mobile County’s community mental health provider, should be contacted immediately.  AltaPointe has a statutory responsibility to immediately notify the Court if a mental health consumer under an order of the Court for treatment is materially non-compliant with treatment.  The name of the contact person is Ms. Julie Bellcase, Chief Operating Officer of AltaPointe.  Her contact information is as follows:

 

            Telephone: (251) 450-5902

            E-mail: jbellcase@altapointe.org

            Facsimile: (251) 666-7537

 

If Ms. Bellcase isn’t readily available, we suggest that you contact Ms. Kara Biggs, AltaPointe’s “bridge team leader”.  Ms. Biggs’ contact information is as follows:

 

            Telephone: (251) 450-5924

            E-mail: karabiggs@altapointe.org

            Facsimile: (251) 450-4324

 

            You are encouraged to document your contact-report in writing.

 

 


New Matter

 

1.         Contact AltaPointe’s crisis intervention office at (251) 450-2211.  A “live” person is supposed to be available at this number at all times.

 

2.         Contact AltaPointe’s mental health commitment intake clerk at (251) 574-6023.  This office is located on the third floor of the Mobile County Government Center Annex, 151 Government Street, Mobile, AL.    Usually an AltaPointe staff member is present at this office from 8:00 o’clock a.m. until 4:30  o’clock p.m., Monday through Friday.  This office will assist persons with preparing and completing petitions requesting the involuntary commitment of a mentally ill person.

 

3.         If you are unable to contact AltaPointe’s mental health commitment intake clerk (noted above), contact the Court’s Judicial Division at (251) 574-6011 or probatecourt@probate.mobilecountyal.gov for assistance.

 

            FILINGS WITH THE COURT

 

To assist the Court in processing any emergency filing with the Court, please include with the pleading being filed an “Expedited Cover Sheet” PRINTED ON BRIGHTLY COLORED PAPER.  The Expedited Cover Sheet can be obtained by clicking HERE.