Do you need a guardianship to protect a loved one or family member? The attorneys at Pearson Butler can assist you. With three convenient office locations in Utah, our family law attorneys have helped individuals and families across the state with their guardianship needs.
When Is an Adult Guardianship Necessary?
When a party is not mentally capable of making appropriate judgments about his or her own personal, physical, or financial well-being, it’s often necessary to obtain legal guardianship to protect the individual. A guardianship over an adult is usually necessary if the individual has a mental incapacity and turns 18 or if an adult becomes incapacitated through an injury or illness, such as dementia. Often medical providers will indicate that it’s time for loved ones to pursue legal guardianship when a medical diagnosis or mental decline justifies it.
A guardianship can be adapted to the needs of the incapacitated individual, with the law allowing for either a full guardianship (called plenary) or a limited guardianship. Based on the specific difficulties and limitations the incapacitated adult faces, a custom guardianship plan can be created to protect him or her, while still allowing as much autonomy as circumstances justify. When a party has significant financial assets that need to be managed, the family will often apply for a conservatorship in conjunction with the guardianship. A conservatorship grants someone the responsibility for managing and preserving the assets and income of the incapacitated person.
Contact Pearson Butler Today
Pearson Butler is committed to providing the highest quality of legal services throughout Utah. The firm’s experienced attorneys deliver comprehensive legal representation in virtually every area of law, including estate planning and family law matters. This leads to better solutions and case results, even in complex guardianship matters. With a warm office environment, clients feel welcome and comfortable discussing their legal matters with the Pearson Butler team.
If you are interested in talking with a lawyer to discuss your guardianship matter, call Pearson Butler at (800) 265-2314.