Judge Jennifer A. Brown handles probate court matters for the 4th District Court in Provo, Utah on August 28, 2015. The Court is making a renewed effort to inform court-appointed guardians and conservators of their reporting duties, and following up on cases where reports have not been filed.
The formality of judicial oversight can be good, especially in cases of hostility and suspicion. However, setting up a trust before you ever need a guardian/conservator is a often-preferred alternative. You can always end up in Court, but a Trust is convenient in that (unlike a guardianship/conservatorship) it does not need the court to get started, handle annual reporting, or shut it down.