How to establish a legal guardianship in Arizona

By April 27, 2011Uncategorized

If a person for whom you are concerned is having difficulty handling his or her medical affairs, you might want to establish a legal guardianship in Arizona so that you can have somebody make medical decisions on this person’s behalf.  To establish a legal guardianship in Arizona, you begin by petitioning the court to appoint a guardian, and giving notice to the person for whom you are concerned, as well as to other interested parties.  Before the court will establish a legal guardianship in Arizona, it holds a hearing where it considers evidence and testimony from all interested parties, including a court-appointed investigator and medical experts, who can aid the court’s decision as to whether a legal guardianship in Arizona is indeed necessary.  If after hearing all of the evidence, the court agrees that a guardianship is necessary, it will establish a legal guardianship in Arizona.

This entire process takes about eight weeks, and as you can probably imagine, it can become complicated, particularly when somebody challenges the legal guardianship in Arizona.  And while nothing should stop you from taking this on yourself, a guardianship attorney can be quite helpful in this process.  An attorney can help you prepare all of the necessary forms, and advocate your case at the guardianship hearing.  If you are interested in establishing a legal guardianship in Arizona, please do not hesitate to contact JacksonWhite for more details.