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The Utah Judiciary is committed to the open, fair, and efficient administration of justice under the law. Find important information on what to do about your case and where to find help on our Alerts and Information Page due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

El poder judicial de Utah está comprometido a la administración de justicia de una manera abierta, justa y eficiente bajo la ley. En nuestra página Información y alertas encontrará información importante sobre qué hacer en cuanto a su caso y dónde encontrar ayuda debido al impacto del brote de COVID-19.

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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

Emergency Guardian

Guardianship and Conservatorship Home Page

Under Utah Code Section 75-5-310, the court may appoint an emergency guardian if:

  • an emergency exists; and
  • the respondent's welfare requires immediate action; and
  • the respondent has no guardian or the guardian is not effectively performing their duties.

The appointment of an emergency guardian is not a determination of the respondent's incapacity. The appointment of an emergency guardian can be without notice to anyone. The order will designate a period of days (not to exceed 30 days) during which the emergency guardian has authority to make decisions on the respondent's behalf.

Upon request by an interested person after the appointment of an emergency guardian, the court shall hold a hearing within 14 days. For a description of the regular procedures for appointing a guardian, see the page on Procedure for Appointing a Guardian for An Adult.

Under Utah Code Section 75-5-310.5, the court may appoint a temporary guardian, convert an emergency guardian to a temporary guardian, or appoint a different person as temporary guardian to replace the emergency guardian. The temporary guardian is responsible for the protected person's care and custody and may not permit the protected person to be removed from Utah. The authority of any previously-appointed guardian is suspended so long as a temporary guardian has authority. A temporary guardian may be removed at any time and must obey all orders of the court. A temporary guardian has all the powers and duties under Utah Code Section 75-5-312.

Under Utah Code Section 75-5-408(3), the court may appoint a temporary conservator to serve until further order of the court.

There are no court forms for requesting an emergency or temporary guardian or temporary conservator.

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.

Page Last Modified: 6/5/2020
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