Day Shell & Liljenquist, L.C. provides probate court representation for clients throughout Utah, including obtaining guardianships and conservatorships. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening and weekend appointments also available. The office is located conveniently located near mass transit stops, including the Murray Central Trax station.
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Facilitating the guardianship process
Like a power of attorney, a guardianship allows you to act on behalf of someone else, known as the ward, for the care and maintenance of the ward. Unlike a power of attorney, a guardianship cannot be created voluntarily and must be ordered by a probate judge. A guardianship is similar to a parent-child relationship, except that a guardian is not legally responsible for the acts of the ward, and guardians do not have to use their own money to provide for the ward.
Guardianships are often granted when a ward is unable to take care of himself or herself or if the ward is a minor. A guardianship may be temporary if the court finds it is only necessary for a limited time. A court may grant a temporary guardianship and set a review date of three to six months or longer to determine whether the guardianship should be continued.
Guardianship of a minor automatically ends when the minor reaches age 18. Guardianship of an adult last as long as the court orders it. When guardians want to terminate their role as guardian, they must notify the probate court and wait until a replacement guardian is named. Day Shell & Liljenquist, L.C. has decades of experience assisting clients throughout Utah in guardianship proceedings and other probate court matters.
What are the guardian's responsibilities?
Under a full guardianship, the guardian is generally responsible for:
Your attorney at Day Shell & Liljenquist, L.C. will meet with you to gain a full understanding of your circumstances. Our experienced guardianship attorneys can recommend a course of action that will achieve your goals.
Conservatorship of an estate or property
Guardianship is of a person, while a conservatorship performs a similar role in connection with an estate or property. Conservatorship and guardianship often go hand-in-hand and allow the guardian/conservator to take care of the following affairs for the ward: