ALTCS (Arizona Long Term Care System)

Arizona Guardianship and Conservatorship

Affordable Solution to This Challenging Process

Guardianship and Conservatorship Basics

As an Arizona Certified Legal Document Preparer, Senior Planning assists with the preparation of filing for guardianship and conservatorship for a family member or loved one. For adults who are not competent to make decisions for themselves, guardianship allows another person to take over and make decisions on their behalf regarding health and welfare. Conservatorship is similar, but covers the protected person’s financial affairs.

In order to become guardian and/or conservator in Arizona, you must file a petition with the court and attend a hearing, as well as providing documentation to the court about the case.

If you need assistance with the process and preparation for filing for either guardianship, conservatorship, or both, Senior Planning is a very affordable option that can assist in many cases.

Emergency Guardianship and Conservatorship

Often, people filing for guardianship and conservatorship over an adult need to get these powers right away, due to an emergency situation.

We can also assist with preparation of the filing and the process for emergency guardianship, emergency conservatorship, or both.

What Is A Document Preparer?

Arizona allows certified document preparers, like Senior Planning, to assist with the preparation of legal documents and to assist our customers with legal matters. Unlike an attorney, we can not give legal advice. However, we can convey options to you and are generally significantly more affordable than an attorney.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Arizona Guardianships

When is it needed?

One very common case is that someone does not have a power of attorney and is not mentally competent to sign one. Another is a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their doctor has recommended one. As a document preparer, Senior Planning cannot tell you if this process is right for you, but can give you legal information to aid your decision making.

How Long Does it Take?

Emergency hearings happen very quickly once the filing is made. Depending on the circumstances, they can be held anywhere from the same day to one week from filing. Permanent petitions take longer to resolve, depending on the circumstances of your particular situation and where you are filing.

Can I Do This on My Own?

Guardianship and Conservatorship are very serious legal matters that involve preparation, process service, and appearing before a judge. At Senior Planning, our goal is to provide the services you need at affordable rates to make your filing go as smoothly as it possibly can. For extremely complex cases, we may also be able to refer an attorney in matters where you decide you need legal advice.

Will You Go With Me?

Senior Planning cannot speak on your behalf as would an attorney, but one of our agents can accompany you to assist you with your court filing for an additional reasonable fee.