Guardianships in Arizona

We're here to serve your family

If there's a child or incapacitated adult in your life, a legal guardianship may be the right route for you to take care of that person's needs. The Mesa family law attorneys at Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen understand how difficult - and how important - arranging a guardianship can be. That's why we want to hear from you right away.

Attorney Brad Crider has helped many families throughout Arizona create guardianships to help care for their loved ones. With Brad on your side, you can focus on taking care of your family while we deal with the legal procedures and paperwork.

Understanding guardianships in Arizona

In Arizona, guardians are sometimes appointed to make important decisions, including medical treatment and living arrangements, for children or incapacitated adults (wards). Before a guardianship is granted, there are some specific criteria that must be met. An Arizona court will make the final determination on whether the requirements are met and create the guardianship.

The main difference between an adoption and a guardianship is that an adoption ends the relationship between the child and the biological parents, making it as though the child was born to the adoptive parents. A guardianship creates a legal relationship between a child and an adult who is not a parent, but it does not end the legal relationship with the biological parents.

We know how to handle this complex process

We have worked with grandparents, stepparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and other parties of interest who are seeking guardianship for a child. In some cases, the guardianship process is addressed in court, while at other times, it is handled through mediation. Either way, Brad Crider is experienced in the process and can help you with drafting and filing petitions, hearing preparations and/or representation in court or mediation.

You may have specific questions about guardianship that we can answer for you. Some of the most common questions we get about guardianships include the following:

  • Who can be appointed a guardian?
  • When can a guardian be appointed?
  • Does the guardian have to be related to the ward?
  • When is a guardianship required?
  • How much does it cost to file for guardianship?
  • Can a guardianship be terminated?

We're more than happy to answer your questions and discuss your situation with you. Because we've successfully represented others in their guardianship cases, we'll be able to share our expertise and knowledge with you. Contact us today to speak with an experienced Mesa guardianship attorney.

3850 E Baseline Rd Suite 112
Mesa, AZ 85206
local phone: (480) 378-9000