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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.

Resignation or Removal of a Guardian or Conservator

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Unless a guardianship or conservatorship ends because of the protected person's death, you keep your obligations until the court ends the appointment. Utah Code Section 75-5-306, Section 75-5-307 and Section 75-5-415.


Resignation

If you, as guardian or conservator, are no longer able to perform your responsibilities, you should file a motion with the court asking to resign. If the court accepts your resignation, it will appoint another guardian or conservator to replace you (a "successor") if the protected person still needs one or both. You can use the forms for a Motion to Review, Terminate, or Remove Guardian or Conservator.

For more information and forms for asking the court to appoint a successor, see our page on Procedure for Appointing a Guardian for an Adult or Procedure for Appointing a Conservator for an Adult.

Motion to remove the guardian or conservator

The protected person or anyone interested in the protected person's welfare may file a motion with the court asking the court to remove the guardian or conservator. The court may order the removal and appoint a new ("successor") if it is in the protected person's best interests to do so. Utah Code Section 75-5-307 and Section 75-5-415.

If the protected person is under a guardianship, the court will follow the same procedures to safeguard the protected person's rights as provided in Utah Code Section 75-5-303, except that the court is not required to appoint an attorney to represent the protected person unless the case is contested or incapacity is at issue.

If the protected person is under a conservatorship only, the court will follow the same procedures to safeguard the protected person's rights as provided in Utah Code Section 75-5-407.

The person wanting to remove the guardian or conservator can use the forms for a Motion to Review, Terminate, or Remove Guardian or Conservator.

For more information and forms for appointing a successor, see our page on Procedure for Appointing a Guardian for an Adult or Procedure for Appointing a Conservator for an Adult.

Final Accounting Report

If a guardian or conservator resigns or is removed, the conservator — or the guardian if there is no conservator — must file a Final Accounting Report with the court and provide copies to the interested persons. For more information and forms, see our page on Reports Required from the Guardian and Conservator.

Ending the guardianship or conservatorship

Resigning or being removed as the guardian or conservator is different from ending the guardianship or conservatorship itself. If the court accepts your resignation or you are removed, the court will appoint a new ("successor") guardian or conservator. The guardianship or conservatorship itself will end only if the protected person dies or the court determines that the protected person is no longer incapacitated. For more information, see our page on Ending a Guardianship or Conservatorship.

If the court grants a petition to transfer the guardianship or conservatorship to another state, the Utah guardianship or conservatorship will end, but that will be in conjunction with starting the guardianship or conservatorship in the other state. For more information, see our page on Transferring a guardianship or conservatorship from Utah to another state.

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: 5/17/2022

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