Utah Guardianship Attorney
A guardian is a person or entity appointed by a court who is given the authority to make decisions on behalf of another (generally referred to as the “ward”). If the ward is a minor, the guardian is normally given the responsibility and authority of a parent of the minor. In many circumstances, the court will grant a limited guardianship giving only certain defined powers to the guardian. In an emergency, the court may appoint a temporary guardian who serves for limited amount of time, usually 30 days, until a hearing is held to decide a permanent guardian.
A conservator is a person or entity appointed by the court to manage the property and finances of a ward. In some circumstances, the same person or entity is appointed to be both the guardian and the conservator. The role of conservator is a fiduciary role, which means that the conservator owes the highest duty to the ward. The conservator must act at all times in the best interest of the ward and must not do anything that prejudice the ward or otherwise injure the ward in any way. It is for the foregoing reasons that the courts must determine who can become conservators and guardians of wards. The courts must ensure that someone is in place who will act in the best interest of the ward.
How Do I Become the Guardian and/or Conservator of a Person?
If you need to be appointed the legal guardian and/or conservator of an individual in Utah, you need to understand the process of petitioning the court for such an appointment. The Utah family law attorneys at SLF can petition the court on your behalf for appointment as a guardian and/or conservator. Our lawyers can also advise you as to the rights and responsibilities of your appointment. If you are in need of these services, do not delay. Contact us today and Get Protected!
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