Guardianship Navigator Project

Developing new ideas to support people filing for Guardianship
Bringing court staff, non-profits, lawyers, and judges together to generate new ideas
Building a roadmap of new tech-based, usable tools to help ordinary people navigate a Guardianship process

We are designing new services and products to help a lay person navigate a Guardianship action in California courts.

Our group at Stanford is working with court staff & self-help center directors to revise the current process that users must go through, to make it easier to understand and get a successful resolution. We are using a human-centered design process to generate breakthrough ideas and make sure they will be usable, useful, and engaging for the users.

This page will document the ideas our design process generates, as well as the process itself. Please leave comments if you have feedback or ideas, using the form below.


We are building accessible, intuitive, interactive resources that support the expert and lay user alike to understand what the law is, and how they can navigate it strategically in their situation, so they can take full advantage of the legal system to resolve their problems and protect themselves from costly, inefficient, and unjust outcomes.

We believe that the law should not just be open, but that legal processes should be user-friendly so that anyone in the US has equal access to the relief that courts & government provide — and equal protection from abuses of the justice system.


We are using a human-centered design approach, in which we invite all of the stakeholders & users of the Guardianship legal process to participate in generating new concepts for improving this process & experience.

Then we have a core team of designers, developers, and legal experts take these concepts and develop them into working prototypes.

These prototypes are then tested in the field, by the actual users, and if they are vetted as successful, they are improved & scaled up for piloting.

Our stakeholder group is comprised of representatives from Bay Area groups including:

  1. nonprofits
  2. pro bono groups in law firms
  3. government agencies
  4. state courts
  5. the Judicial Council
  6. self-help centers

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