Utah Guardianships and Conservatorships

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We give POWER and PROTECTION to Utah seniors and disabled people. *

When a person becomes mentally or physically incapacitated and can no longer take care of themselves, they need help. Soon.Elderly woman learning about Utah guardianships and conservatorships

Most people will never need a guardian or a conservator. Utahns with declining abilities can be helped often by powers of attorneys, Utah Advance Health Care Directives (medical powers of attorney), and trusts set up to manage investments and assets. Then, one day, family members and friends realize they lack legal authority to really help. That authority requires court action.

What is the difference between a Guardianship and a Conservatorship in Utah? *

The two terms are often confused or are assumed to have the same meaning. They refer to two separate needs of a person with limited abilities: the need to be guarded and care for, and the need to have their money and property managed and conserved. A guardian guards and a conservator conserves.

“Guardian” and “Guardianships” refer to the appointment of a person to guard and care for another. A “guardian” is a person who has legal authority to make personal decisions for another person, such as choosing a place for them to live, making medical decisions, hiring people to help them, signing contracts, dealing with governments, and making other personal decisions. “Guardianship” refers to the relationship.  For additional information, see “FAQS – Questions and answers about Utah Guardianships“.

“Conservator” and “conservatorship”  refer to the appointment of a person to manage and conserve the money and property of another person. A “conservator” is a person who has legal authority to make financial decisions for another person, such as investing, protecting their property, making financial decisions, paying their bills, dealing with creditors and debt, selling their property and making other personal financial decisions. . “Conservatorship” refers to the relationship. For additional information, see “FAQS – Questions and answers about Utah Conservatorships“.

Utah adults do not have guardians or conservators unless they are court appointed. *

Parents are the natural guardians and conservators of their children until they reach the age of majority (age 18 in Utah). When they reach age eighteen, people are legally entitled to make their own decisions. If they can’t care for themselves or make their own financial decisions after age eighteen then they cannot appoint a guardian for themselves, and a court must get involved. The court will consider their desires and preferences if they are able to express them, but no one will have legal authority without a court appointment.

Our attorneys file the required papers to get the right person appointed.

We file for emergency guardianships and conservatorships. *

An urgent need for help can occur suddenly. Our Utah guardianship and conservatorship attorneys will act quickly to get you and the people you care about all the help you need.

Every life is different. Please call us for a free evaluation of your situation.



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