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Guardianship Lawyers in Salt Lake County

Thorough Representation for Prospective Guardians

Guardianship – sometimes called conservatorship – is a legal relationship assigned by the court that gives legal authority to an individual or institution to care for minors, incompetent adults, or incapacitated individuals. The court may also appoint a guardian to provide special protection for individuals who are unable to make safe decisions regarding their person or property.

Because establishing guardianship is such an important process, petitioning for guardianship over children or incompetent adults in Utah requires substantial evidence that the arrangement is in the ward’s best interest.

The court will require:

  • Interviews of all interested parties
  • A psychological evaluation
  • A home visit or inspection
  • Background checks to ensure the safety and well-being of the ward

If you are seeking guardianship in Utah, it is important to have an experienced and compassionate family law attorney to help navigate confusing guardianship laws. Our experienced guardianship attorneys in Salt Lake County have the knowledge and resources to help you petition the court for guardianship and understand the requirements you will have to meet to become a legal guardian in Utah.

Call (801) 515-4133 today to schedule your consultation.

The Responsibilities of Legal Guardians of Children

There are many responsibilities that come with being the legal guardian of a child. It is not something to be taken lightly – you will in effect be acting as a parent and taking on all the responsibilities that come with raising a child until he or she is 18. You must be dedicated and consider the added financial obligations and how it will affect your family, job, and health.

We encourage you to think about the following questions carefully to be sure you are ready to become a guardian:

  • Will the child’s parents support my guardianship?
  • Am I physically able to provide the stability and continuous care a child requires?
  • Can I afford additional expenses like clothing, healthcare, and education?
  • Will I be ready to accept full liability for the child’s actions?
  • How will legal guardianship affect my own children?
  • Do I want to commit to legal guardianship until the child is 18?

Legal Guardianship or Power of Attorney over an Adult

Petitioning guardianship over an adult in Utah can be a lengthy process, but that is just the first step. You must define the type of responsibility and authority you will gain as a legal guardian to the court. The power of attorney option is handled out of court and will not require court supervision.

If the person can communicate and still make some decisions, a power of attorney will allow them to appoint someone to handle their affairs. If the individual is incapacitated and is no longer able to communicate or make decisions, they will benefit from a legal guardian.

Guardianship responsibilities and power of attorney authority may include:

  • Provide stability and continuous care
  • Authority to make decisions about expenses and spending
  • Important long-term and emergency medical care decisions
  • Deciding your ward’s living arrangements
  • Control of the ward’s estate, property, and assets
  • The responsibility for making difficult end-of-life decisions

Contact Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC

You can trust our skilled Salt Lake County guardianship attorneys to help you map out a comprehensive strategy so that you’ll be able to plan accordingly for your future as a guardian and the future of your ward. Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC in Draper offers client-focused and results-driven counsel in guardianship cases.

Call us at (801) 515-4133 now to request a consultation.


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    Eric M. Swinyard

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    Eric M. Swinyard is a divorce and family law attorney who serves clients throughout the State of Utah. Eric’s practice is primarily focused on providing personalized, high-quality legal services to individuals involved in divorces, paternity actions, adoptions, estate planning, and other family law matters. It’s incredibly easy to be taken advantage of during litigation, especially if you are unrepresented by legal counsel. Protect Your Rights You don’t want to be in a situation where you need ...
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    Ryan Ficklin


    Ryan Ficklin is an associate attorney at Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC. Prior to practicing law in Utah, Ryan practiced family law in Southern California. In 2017, Ryan relocated back to his home state of Utah to focus on serving the people of Utah who need legal representation, particularly in the family law realm. Ryan graduated with honors from California’s Whittier Law School in May of 2015. While in law school, Ryan was a staff member for The Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Ryan ...
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    Keith L. Johnson


    Keith joined Eric M. Swinyard & Associates in Fall 2020, bringing more than a decade of experience as a trial attorney in various types of legal cases. He has successfully guided hundreds of individuals through Utah’s court system. Keith previously worked at an established civil litigation firm in Salt Lake as well as a mid-sized regional law firm. He has substantive experience in a variety of practice areas and is now primarily devoted to serving individuals involved in family law cases. Keith ...
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    Mark Hales


    Mark Hales has over 17 years of legal experience in the areas of family, criminal, and civil law. He handles all types of domestic matters, including custody, divorce, child support, alimony, annulment, termination of parental rights, paternity, modifications, and adoptions. In addition, he defends clients charged with domestic violence and abuse, stalking, violations of protective orders, and other and criminal charges. Mark is a certified mediator for all legal matters and is also a certified ...
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    Justin Stringfellow


    Justin Stringfellow has practiced family law in Utah for 20 years, bringing a wealth of experience to Eric Swinyard & Associates in areas such as divorce, custody, paternity, modifications, child support, and adoption proceedings. In the early years of his career, Justin appeared on an estimated 1,500 Protective Order matters. He is an expert in dealing with abuse and domestic violence components in family law matters. As such, he was distinguished by Utah's Domestic Violence Coalition. Justin ...
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    Eliza Crespo


    Eliza Crespo is an associate attorney at Eric Swinyard & Associates. Prior to joining the firm, Eliza practiced estate planning in Utah. Eliza offers a fresh set of eyes to difficult situations and is passionate about providing excellent and compassionate legal services to her clients. Through personal experience, she appreciates the impact of a listening ear and an effective advocate, especially during times of challenge or transition. Eliza obtained her bachelor’s degree and law degree from ...

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