Understanding Guardianship And When It Makes Sense

Guardianships are a way to obtain legal custody of or decision-making authority over another person, who becomes known as a ward or protected person.

When Are Guardianships Used?

Guardianships are often sought when parents are unfit, unable or unwilling to properly care for a child. In a grandparent guardianship, the grandparent may seek legal guardianship of a grandson or granddaughter who is being raised in an environment that is scarred by an abusive relationship, drug or alcohol addiction, or otherwise unsafe conditions.

Guardianship is not permanent. In Utah, a biological mother or father can petition the court to regain guardianship if he or she can prove that whatever condition caused the transfer of guardianship in the first place no longer exists.

Guardianship is also used as a tool to protect aged and infirm parents who are no longer able to take care of themselves. The court must determine to appoint an appropriate person as guardian, and the proposed protected person also needs an attorney at the court hearing.

Your Attorney Should Keep You Informed

Anyone applying to become a guardian should hire an attorney to file the petition. This is too important to handle by yourself.

From the office of Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law, I help people throughout Salt Lake City obtain guardianships to care for loved ones. This is a complex process. Using an experienced attorney will speed things along and save you money in the long run.

Meet With Us To Learn More About Guardianship

If you have questions about guardianship, call 801-996-4193 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with our experienced lawyer. Often, everything you need to accomplish in this area can be done for one affordable flat fee.