WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS AS A PARENT?
Guardianships are legal methods in place to protect your child. A Guardianship gives a parent or another individual full or partial decision-making for the child in regards to daily decisions.
But Guardianship is not a full power-of-attorney. A guardianship allows your child to begin to make daily decisions as her ability allows. Many parents obtain a guardianship for their child, but continue to encourage their child to develop in all areas of adulthood along the way. Many of these new adults have bank accounts and are registered to vote. Guardians are there to assist them in understanding voting materials or guiding them through processes, encouraging individual development throughout the process.
- The courts in Arizona require that you submit a series of forms in order to prove that a new adult needs a guardian, and if so, that you are a correct fit to be the guardian. This process can be done in a minimum of two months and at least four trips to the courthouse.
- In order to begin filing a guardianship on behalf of another, the Protected Person (person that needs a guardian) must be at least 17.5 years of age. Additionally, the Protected Person must be incapacitated, and the guardian must have completed the guardianship training provided by the State of Arizona.
- Your Protected Person may need a conservator if he or she has money (trust fund) or property (land or stocks). This allows the conservator to make decisions regarding the Protected Person's money or personal property.
- Information you will need includes basic information about yourself and the Protected Person. This includes information about the Protected Person's healthcare provider and attorney. If the Protected Person does not have an attorney, the court will appoint one for him or her.
- The guardian must go through a background check, and fill out an affidavit to determine your fitness to become a guardian. A court investigator will be assigned to your case in order for the court to determine this eligibility.
- Finally, you will get a hearing in front of a judge to discuss your case and reasons for the State to assign a Guardian.