It depends on a few factors, including the Colorado county, where guardianship or conservatorship is being opened. The probate courts in Arapahoe, Douglas, Adams, and Denver vary in the pace of the hearings. Other factors include:
- Whether the hearing is contested or uncontested; if it’s the former, it usually takes longer.
- Whether the petitioner has completed doctor’s letters, background checks, and other prerequisites.
Emergency guardianship or conservatorship proceedings are typically scheduled faster than non-emergency proceedings, though an emergency guardianship or conservatorship will expire within 60 days.
Generally, for uncontested non-emergency proceedings, the time from filing to the hearing, at which appointment may occur, is usually about 3-5 weeks.