Guardianship Attorneys in Salt Lake City & Park City, Utah
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.
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.
We Also Represent The Following Practice Areas:-
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Prenuptial Agreement
- Protection Orders
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.