There are times in our loved ones' lives where they are unable to care for themselves. This can present difficult hurdles.
Becoming their legal guardian will allow you to care for them and make important decisions to keep them financially and physically safe.
The guardianship attorneys at Froerer and Miles in Ogden, UT, can help you obtain legal guardianship of a child or other loved one.
What Does Legal Guardianship Mean?
Guardianship is the legal right for one person to provide care and make decisions for another person. This could be a family member like a child whose parents have died or who can not adequately care for the child, or an elderly or disabled adult who can not make life decisions themselves.
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In many cases, the help of an attorney can make a significant difference in being able to attain guardianship in any capacity. For help seeking guardianship in the Ogden, Layton, or Salt Lake City, UT, areas, contact our guardianship lawyers at Froerer and Miles for a free consultation.
Mr. Froerer has been practicing family law in Ogden since 1959. He and his team are highly qualified to take on your guardianship case. Our law firm can also assist with estate planning, child custody, child support, and various probate issues that can be related to guardianship cases.
Please use our convenient online form or simply call us to learn more about how our law firm can petition a court to appoint you to be the legal guardian of someone you care about.
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What Is a Legal Guardian?
A legal guardian is a person appointed by a court to have decision-making authority for another person. The guardian also has the duty to provide basic care for the person, also known as the "ward," as well as managing their finances and property.
The obligations of a legal guardian should not be taken on without serious consideration, because your decisions will directly impact your ward’s health, financial status, and property rights. This is also why it is important to take advantage of our estate planning services to ensure your ward's financial well-being in the future.
What Froerer and Miles Can Do
Offer Legal Assistance
Our law firm's guardianship lawyers, serving Salt Lake City and surrounding areas, can assist you with your desire to become a legal guardian. If you wish to be the guardian of a minor, for example, and one of the child's parents is paying child support, we can also aid you with family law matters such as making sure those payments continue.
Our attorneys can also handle your personal estate planning so that probate, the legal process of your ward inheriting your finances and property, will go smoothly should you pass away unexpectedly. Our probate services can also ensure that your ward will receive any inheritances due to them from other relatives who pass away.
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What Determines If My Loved One Needs a Guardian?
In each type of guardianship, the court is granted the power to appoint a person to act as the guardian. However, keep in mind that in some cases, a finding is made that a legal guardian is not needed. The court may then make alternate arrangements such as allowing a person to act as a power of attorney or health care proxy over certain aspects of the ward’s life.
The outcome of your case will depend on the evidence presented by your Ogden, UT, guardianship attorney and the needs of the ward. In order to prevent abuse, the first step to becoming a guardian is to prove a person's incapacity. This can be accomplished through the introduction of psychological or medical evaluations that can verify whether or not the potential ward can handle their daily affairs.
Guardianship vs. Conservatorship
One of the first steps our Ogden, UT, law firm must take is to decide if a guardianship or conservatorship is needed to care for your loved one. A guardianship will give you the legal authority to make daily decisions to protect your ward's health and safety, especially in the case of a minor.
However, if the Utah court appoints you to be the conservator of an incapacitated adult who cannot physically or mentally grant you power of attorney, a conservatorship will give you the legal rights to manage that person's financial affairs. Our lawyers recommend looking at a conservatorship early on as a sort of insurance for someone who is currently struggling with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
What Does a Conservatorship Mean?
Managing a person's bank accounts and investments.
Managing, or if necessary, selling the person's real estate, properties, companies, vehicles, and livestock, if any.
Following all orders given to you by the court, and updating the court as to any transactions or decisions made.
Notifying the court if you change residences, or if the incapacitated adult changes residence or care facilities.
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Being a guardian to a family member or other loved one takes a big heart as well as incredible patience and time, and you should be commended for considering this life-changing responsibility. But it also takes knowledgeable guardianship attorneys to make sure all the legal complexities of guardianship are handled properly, correctly, and in a timely fashion.
Our lawyers have provided superior, compassionate family law and other legal services to the people of Ogden, Layton, and the Salt Lake City communities for over 60 years. Let our guardianship lawyers assist you during this difficult time. Schedule your free consultation using our online form or simply call us today.
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