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According to Utah guardianship laws, when you file for guardianship over a person, you are creating a legal relationship between you and that person so that you can make legal and medical decisions on their behalf.

You can file for guardianship over a child who is not your biological child but needs a guardian or you can petition to be a guardian over an adult who is not capable of making their own decisions. There are many reasons guardianship may be an important option for somebody you care about, so speak with a lawyer today to learn more.

Call 801-274-7000 for a consultation with our Salt Lake City guardianship attorneys at Just Law Utah to discuss your legal options.

Our Salt Lake City guardianship lawyers can help you determine if you qualify for guardianship.

These include cases of:

  • Children with incapacitated parents: Sometimes, parents are unable to make decisions for their children due to incarceration, drugs, legal rulings, or medical reasons. Filing for guardianship in a situation like this may prevent them from going into the foster care system.
  • Temporary need for guardianship: Sometimes, especially in the case of people with psychological disorders, people need guardians for a short period of time while they attend a mental rehabilitation program. Guardianship will allow you to care for their finances and make healthcare decisions while they get better, and the guardianship will expire once they are deemed able to care for themselves.

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Temporary Guardianship In Utah

In some situations, an “emergency guardian” can be appointed over a person.

Under Utah Code Section 75-5-310, temporary guardianship can be granted if:

  • There is an emergency;
  • Immediate action is necessary for the respondent’s welfare; and
  • No guardian is currently in place over the respondent, or the guardian is not performing their duties.

Only a judge can grant emergency guardianship in Utah. If a person requests emergency guardianship, a hearing will be scheduled within 14 days for a judge to hear the petition and make a decision. Emergency guardianship can be granted without notice.

What is the Difference Between Guardianship and Custody in Utah?

While there are several differences between guardianship and custody, the main difference is that guardianship can be granted to anyone, while custody is usually only granted to parents or a relative. Guardianship refers to anyone who assumes the legal responsibilities of a minor or an incapacitated adult. Child custody refers to a parent or relative who assumes legal and/or physical custody of a child.

Legal Representation for Your Guardianship Case

Guardianship law is complex and often involves a judge’s ruling to become official. It is important to hire a lawyer that focuses on family law to represent you and make sure that you are deemed a good candidate to become a guardian over your loved one. These decisions are vital, and having a Salt Lake City guardianship lawyer that represents your best interests will ensure that the right decisions are made.

Get the representation you need by contacting us to set up your initial appointment. Call 801-274-7000.

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