At Ayala Law Office, P.C. in Arizona, we have more than a decade of experience helping clients successfully navigate sensitive family issues, including concerns related to guardianships and conservatorships. We set up legally enforceable instruments that protect loved ones in need and designate trusted individuals to make key decisions in the event clients become incapacitated. When you need high-quality assistance from a Tucson attorney for guardianships and conservatorships, you can rely on our firm to safeguard your interests, and those of the people closest to you, by providing strategic advice and sound representation.
When a court determines that an adult is incapacitated, it can appoint a legal guardian to protect the welfare of the incapacitated person. Arizona law permits this step when someone is impaired due to illness, physical or mental disability or substance abuse. Some guardianships are limited to certain areas, such as decision-making on medical treatment. Others confer general responsibility over a ward’s personal and financial matters. In some instances, temporary guardianships are granted in emergency situations or for other reasons when the period of incapacity is expected to be limited. For these matters and other situations, such as when a nursing home or other care facility seeks guardianship of an elderly family member, our attorneys are ready to help.
Guardians are also sometimes needed for minor children whose parents are deceased or no longer able meet their parental responsibilities. Our firm assists prospective guardians as well as parents who seek to formalize their guardianship instructions in the event that their children are orphaned. If you have guardianship questions, turn to one of our knowledgeable Tucson family law attorneys for answers. We will counsel you about eligibility criteria to become a guardian and the steps involved.
Conservatorships are created by the courts to protect the money and property of incapacitated adults and minor children. The conservator is responsible for managing the financial affairs of their ward to ensure that bills are paid and other obligations are met. When the ward is a minor, the conservator is responsible for protecting the child’s financial interests, including safeguarding inheritances left to the child. To be appointed as a conservator, one must file a petition with the Probate Court. Subsequently, a hearing is conducted to introduce evidence as to why the conservatorship is needed. For incapacitated adults, medical evidence must also be provided by their doctors demonstrating that the proposed ward cannot handle financial matters due to a mental or physical condition. As with guardianships, judges can appoint temporary conservators in emergency situations. Our law firm will guide you through the conservatorship process and advise you about the evidence you need to establish one.
You can set up legal protections in advance in case you become incapacitated. These documents enable people to decide who should assume legal responsibility in certain situations. Planning ahead can prevent the confusion and conflict that might occur if the need for assistance arises later on. These legal instruments include:
Our experienced family law attorneys will prepare the documentation that formalizes your intentions so that they are legally enforceable.
At Ayala Law Office, P.C., in Tucson, we advise Arizona residents about guardianships, conservatorships and other family law matters. To schedule a consultation, call our firm at 520-365-3185 or contact us online.