Where to find an Arizona application for legal guardianship

By April 27, 2011Uncategorized

On several occasions, I have been asked where to find an Arizona application for legal guardianship.  And while there is a quick and easy answer to this question, I hesitate to direct people to the source of an Arizona application for legal guardianship without also giving them a little information about the process they must go through to establish a guardianship.

There is much more to establishing a guardianship than merely filling out an Arizona application for legal guardianship.  In fact, filling out the Arizona application for legal guardianship is merely the beginning.  After filling out the form, you must properly file it with the court.  The court then sets a hearing, at which you will be expected to demonstrate that a guardianship is in fact necessary.  If anybody challenges the guardianship, of course, the hearing becomes more adversarial, and thus more difficult to handle without legal counsel.  This process tends to take about eight weeks, and it can be rather consuming, so be prepared for a big time investment if you move forward without representation.

Having said that, it is only fair to also say that you can represent yourself in a guardianship proceeding if you are so inclined.  If you decide to do so, the Maricopa County Superior Court provides a Site where you can download an Arizona application for legal guardianship.  If after downloading the Arizona application for legal guardianship you run into obstacles, it is never too late to consult with an Arizona guardianship attorney at JacksonWhite.