Nevada Guardianship Attorneys

Everyone needs a little help from time to time and some may need more help than others. Our Nevada guardianship lawyers are ready to give you that help.

A guardianship offers those who cannot take care of themselves a legal option for ensuring their needs and wishes are taken care of.

Whether you are a grandparent caring for your grandchildren or an adult son or daughter caring for an elderly loved one, guardianship protects the financial and legal interests of incapacitated people who cannot manage their own affairs. A Nevada guardianship also guarantees your loved one’s emotional, medical care and physical needs are met.

No person should ever consider guardianship lightly. As experienced Nevada Guardianship Attorneys in Las Vegas, we can help you navigate the guardianship process! Learn more below.

In Nevada there are three types of guardianship:

Guardianship over the person:

A guardianship over a person means that the guardian is responsible for the care, maintenance and support of the individual. These types of guardianships make the guardian responsible for personal and medical decisions of the ward only.

Guardianship over the estate:

A guardianship over a wards estate means the Guardian is responsible to protect, preserve, manage and dispose of the estate in the individuals best interest. The guardian is responsible for financial decisions only.

Guardianship over the person and the Estate:

The Guardian of the Person and Estate is responsible for financial, medical and social decisions for the individual.

Why would someone need a Nevada guardianship?

There are many different reasons a guardianship might be needed.

It’s no secret that adults can make their own decisions. However, there may be times where due to medical, emotional or physical reasons, an adult cannot make their own decisions about themselves or their financial matters. For example, if an adult is incapacitated or has a medical condition that makes the adult unable to decide matters for themselves, a guardianship may be needed.

Guardianship may also be needed for children in certain circumstances. For example, if a child’s parents are no longer able to take care of the minor child, a guardianship might be necessary. Likewise, if a child receives an inheritance, a minor guardianship might be needed to protect the child’s assets.

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Who Can Serve As A Guardian?

Generally, any person may serve as a guardian so long as the proposed guardian is competent. A minor, a felon convicted of certain crimes involving abuse or neglect or financial crimes, a person judicially determined to have committed abuse, neglect or exploitation of another person and a person suspected of misconduct or disbarred/suspended from the practice of law (during the period of suspension or disbarment only) usually may not serve as a guardian. 

The Judge will ultimately decide who the guardian may be and even if the proposed guardian is usually one who cannot serve as a guardian, the Guardianship Judge will ultimately determine if that person is fit to serve as the Guardian.

Where Can I Get Guardianship Forms?

Nevada Guardianship Forms are available at the Clark County Family Court Self Help Center or click here for more information. Because Nevada Guardianship can be extremely tricky, we strongly recommend that you contact an attorney to go over your forms and provide advice.

What does a Nevada Guardian Do?

A guardian is one, or more, persons appointed by a Nevada judge to manage the personal and/or financial affairs of a person who is no longer able to do so on his own.

A guardian of the person might make decisions about the Protected Persons clothing, food, and living environment. The guardian of the person will decide on medical appointments and educational decisions affecting the Protected Person.

A guardian of the estate will make decisions involving the Protected Persons finances. This can include paying the Protected Persons bills or making investments on behalf of the Protected Person.

What Other Options Do I Have Besides Guardianship?

There are many other options besides a Nevada Guardianship. If you are looking for a more permanent arrangement, you might consider Nevada adoption.  Other options include Power of Attorney, Representative Payee,  Living Will & Trust, Temporary Guardianships and Supported Decision Making. Our experienced guardianship attorneys are happy to discuss each option. For more information call us at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form

Answers to More Frequently Asked Questions

The way to file a guardianship depends on whether it’s for an adult or a child. Both need the expertise of a reasonable family attorney to help navigate the process.


First, you need to file forms with the county where the Protected Person lives. You can find these forms at the courthouse and your county’s self-help website.  After you have filed your papers, the court will set a hearing.


You do not need an attorney at the hearing, but they can better help you navigate the process. The court may appoint an attorney for the adult you seek guardianship over. The adult’s parents and relatives may get served papers as well.


Filing for guardianship for a child is similar. Yet, there are a few differences. You may choose to file for guardianship with or without the child’s parental consent. Your attorney can work you through both of these processes.

There are several ways to end the guardianship. In cases of both adult and child guardianships, certain factors come into play.  Some situations, such as the death of a guardian or the child turning 18, can end the guardianship automatically.


A parent can also fight guardianship to regain custody of their child. In this case, the parent must prove to the court that they can care for their child. Plus correct whatever behavior caused them to lose custody in the first place.


In the case of the guardianship of an adult, if they can prove competency, the Protected Person can fight guardianship. If a Protected Person can prove they can care for themselves, they can fight guardianship.

In Nevada, anyone who is suitable under guardianship law can be a guardian; however, there are some limitations at the outset for serving as a guardian in Nevada.

First, you must be at least 18 years old to be a guardian in Nevada.

You do not have to be related to the Protected Person to be the guardian, but preference is given to family members first. If the Protected Person is a child, the Nevada court will consider family members before those who are not related to the child.

If the Protected Person has executed a power of attorney or a will outlining who they want to be in charge of their estate, that person will be given preference to serve as the guardian.

There is no need for just one person to be a guardian. In the event two people want to serve as guardians, the Court will consider a co-guardianship.

A Nevada judge may deny someone’s request to become a guardian in the following circumstances:

  • If the person seeking guardianship is under 18 years old, the guardianship will be denied;
  • A guardianship request will be denied if the person seeking to become the guardian cannot provide for the basic needs of the Protected Person;
  • Guardianship will be denied if the proposed guardian has a documented drug or alcohol within the six months prior to submitting the guardianship petition;
  • If the person applying to be guardian has been convicted of a felony, the Court can deny the guardianship petition;
  • Disbarment from the State of Nevada or suspension of a professional license is a reason a guardianship might be denied; 
  • Filing for bankruptcy in the last 7 years is another reason a Nevada judge might deny guardianship petitions

The short answer is No! You do not need to live in Nevada to be the guardian of a Nevada Protected Person. 

However, you must hire a resident agent in Nevada to accept service of Court documents. To do this, you must complete the Appointment of Registered Agent by Court-Appointed Nonresident Guardian of Adult form located on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website. Complete the form and mail it back to the Nevada Secretary of State. 

The short answer is Yes!

If two people agree to share the duties of being a guardian, they can file one set of papers with the Court asking to be co-guardians. In this type of case, both people share the duties of the guardian.

If there are different people who want to be guardian, and do not want to share the guardianship duties, the Court will decide who is most suitable. 

To make this determination, your Nevada guardianship judge will consider the following factors:

  • Whether the Protected Person, their spouse or their parent nominated someone to be the guardian in a will or other document;
  • If the Protected Person is a child over 14 years old, the judge will consider what the child wants;
  • If the proposed guardian is related to the Protected Person the Court will consider a spouse, adult child, parent, adult sibling, grandparent or adult grandchild, aunt/uncle/niece/nephew in that order;
  • When child protective services is involved, the judge will ask for a CPS’ representative’s recommendation;
  • Any other requests from anyone deemed “appropriate” will also be considered by the Judge. 

It is not unusual that a Protected Person’s needs may exceed the capability of a family member or friend. In these cases there are a few options.

First, consider having another family member or friend be the guardian. Remember what we said above? The proposed guardian does not have to live in Nevada and the guardian does not have to provide direct care to the Protected Person.

Second, if there is really no person willing to be the guardian consider hiring a private professional guardian. Before doing so, be sure to carefully research the proposed professional guardian and make sure they are appropriately vetted. Also, beware that professional guardians will charge a fee for their services.

Finally, the family members or friends of the Protected Person can petition the Court to have the Public Guardian appointed as the Guardian. The Public Guardian’s office is a great resource and can offer many tips and opportunities for those unsure whether they want to be a guardian.

Guardianship in Nevada can last a very long time or be over very quickly depending on the facts of each case.

Generally, an adult guardianship lasts until the Protected Person regains the ability to care of themselves, or until the adult passes away.

A guardianship over a child lasts until the child turns 18 or until a parent comes forward and asks to take the child from the guardian.

At Rosenblum Law Offices, we have handled hundreds of Guardianship matters. We understand that pursuing a guardianship is not always easy. From hotly contested cases to consent guardianship, our Guardianship Attorneys know the ins and outs of guardianship court.

We work with our clients to ensure that both the Guardian’s rights and the Protected Person’s rights are protected. Our goal is to ensure that our clients receive the best possible outcome for their family during a difficult time.

If you need a Las Vegas guardianship attorney in Clark County, call us today at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form for more information.

Different types of guardianship are available in Las Vegas, like emergency or permanent guardianship. Talk to us today to learn more about how we can help ensure your little ones have the proper protection.

Guardianship is a legal process where a judge appoints a competent adult to care for another adult who cannot care for themselves due to incapacity. The appointed guardian has legal responsibilities over the care and/or finances of the incapacitated adult (called a ward).

What are the different types of guardianships in Nevada?
There are three main types of guardianships in Nevada:

  • Guardianship over the person – the guardian is responsible for personal and medical decisions.
  • Guardianship over the estate – the guardian handles financial decisions.
  • Guardianship over both person and estate – the guardian makes all personal, medical, and financial decisions.

Generally any competent adult can serve as a guardian, except minors, felons convicted of abuse/neglect/financial crimes, those found to have committed abuse or neglect before, and attorneys barred from practicing law. The judge ultimately decides who can serve as guardian.

Adults who can no longer make decisions for themselves due to medical conditions like dementia, developmental disabilities, mental illness, or traumatic brain injury may need a guardianship. Guardianship also helps if a child inherits money and needs those assets protected.


Guardianship: A legal process where a judge appoints a competent adult to care for another adult who cannot care for themselves due to incapacity. The appointed guardian has legal responsibilities over the care and/or finances of the incapacitated adult (called a ward).

Ward: An incapacitated adult who has a court-appointed guardian to make decisions on their behalf.

Guardian: A competent adult who is court-appointed to make decisions for a ward’s personal care and/or financial assets.

Guardian of the person: A guardian responsible for making healthcare, living situation, clothing, and other personal decisions for a ward.

Guardian of the estate: A guardian responsible for managing the ward’s finances, like paying bills and handling investments.

Guardian of the person and estate: A guardian who makes all personal, medical, and financial decisions for a ward.

Power of attorney: A legal document allowing someone to make decisions for another person if they become incapacitated. An alternative to guardianship.

Representative payee: Someone appointed to manage Social Security or other government benefits for a beneficiary who cannot manage their benefits alone. An alternative to guardianship.

Living will: A legal document with instructions for medical treatment if a person becomes incapacitated. An alternative to guardianship.

Temporary guardianship: Short-term guardianship for a specific situation, often pending a court’s decision on permanent guardianship.

Supported decision-making: Allows an incapacitated person to make their own choices with support from trusted advisors, family, or friends. An alternative to guardianship.

Additional Resources for You

Here’s a reminder about the other sources on your website related to guardianship:

  1. Guardianship (Temporary v. Permanent): This section provides information about the differences between temporary and permanent guardianship. It explains the legal aspects, requirements, and considerations associated with each type of guardianship.

  2. Adult vs. Child Guardianship: This resource explores the distinctions between adult and child guardianship. It discusses the legal requirements, responsibilities, and considerations specific to each type of guardianship.

  3. Terminate Legal Guardianship in Las Vegas: This section focuses on the process of terminating legal guardianship in Las Vegas. It provides information and guidance on the necessary steps, requirements, and considerations involved in terminating a guardianship arrangement.

  4. Pros and Cons of Guardianship in Nevada: Is It Right for You? This resource presents an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of guardianship in Nevada. It helps individuals assess whether guardianship is the appropriate choice for their specific circumstances by considering the benefits and potential drawbacks.

  5. Guardianship (Summary vs. Estate): This section examines the differences between summary guardianship and estate guardianship. It explains the legal concepts, procedures, and factors to consider when deciding between the two types of guardianship.

  6. Guardianship (Temporary v. Permanent): This resource provides detailed information about the temporary and permanent guardianship options. It explains the legal requirements, duration, and considerations associated with each type of guardianship.

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A Special Message from Our Lead Attorney

Molly Rosenblum, Esq

Dear Reader,

Thank you for taking the time to review the Nevada guardianship resources I’ve provided. I know this can be an overwhelming process, but my team and I are here to guide you every step of the way.

With over a decade of experience handling guardianship cases, I understand how important it is to have compassionate yet strategic legal counsel. My expertise in this area of law allows me to anticipate issues before they arise and proactively meet my clients’ needs.

Although every situation is unique, I’ve found that open communication is key. I make it a priority to listen closely so I can develop customized solutions for your specific circumstances. My staff and I know this is an emotional time and we’ll treat you and your loved ones with the utmost care and sensitivity.

When you’re ready to get the ball rolling on your Nevada guardianship case, please don’t hesitate to call me directly at (702) 433-2889. My team and I would be happy to discuss your situation and determine the most strategic approach. I look forward to helping bring you and your family peace of mind.