Airdrie – Cumbernauld – Motherwell – Bellshill – Coatbridge – Wishaw
Hamilton Ross
Solicitors and notaries
Serving Clients in Lanarkshire for over 15 Years.

Guardianship Orders

Guardianship Orders

At Hamilton Ross Solicitors our lawyers and solicitors can advise you regarding any issue relating to guardianship orders. Guardianship Orders are granted by a court order in order to appoint a specific person (normally a family member) to deal with the financial and/or welfare matters for another person who is over 16 and who is not able to deal with those matters on their own. From our offices in Airdrie, Cumbernauld, Hamilton and Motherwell we are able to help with guardianship order applications for clients not only in Airdrie, Cumbernauld, Hamilton and Motherwell but also in surrounding areas such as Wishaw, Bellshill, Hamilton, New Stevenson, Cumbernauld, Coatbridge, Uddingston and Bothwell.

The need for a guardianship order can arise in a number of situations where someone does not have the ability to make decisions for themselves in relation to their day to day life including matters such as decisions about medical treatment, financial decisions, where to live, etc. Your lawyer will be able to advise you in more detail about the circumstances where a guardianship order is appropriate.

It may be that the person concerned may not have the necessary legal capacity to make these decisions. In that case a Guardianship Order can be used to appoint someone to make these decisions on behalf of the adult who lacks capacity. The person appointed will be someone who is accepted as being an appropriate person to make these decisions on behalf of the adult concerned. Generally, the guardian appointed will be a close family member of the person who requires assistance and the order is only granted once appropriate medical information is obtained to confirm that the adult concerned does not have the required capacity to make decisions for themselves.

The process of obtaining a Guardianship Order can be complicated but our lawyers will be able to guide you through each stage of the process. It involves an application to court and our lawyers are experienced in following the required court procedures. They will assist you in obtaining the required reports and court paperwork. The legal costs involved in applying for a Guardianship Order are automatically covered by legal aid where there is an application for an order in relation to powers to make decisions regarding the welfare of the adult. Your solicitor will be able to advise you further about the funding available for  obtaining a guardianship order. The application for an order will be made for you by your lawyer to the Sheriff Court. In Lanarkshire there are Sheriff Courts in Hamilton, Airdrie and Lanark.


A guardianship order is often granted for a fixed period of time. This can mean there can be a need to apply for a renewal of the guardianship order. We can also assist with the guardianship renewal process.

Based in our offices in Airdrie, Cumbernauld, Hamilton and Motherwell we have a team of lawyers and solicitors who are able to guide you through the process of applying for a guardianship order from start to finish. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will be happy to explain in greater detail the process involved in applying for a Guardianship Order. We can provide advice to clients throughout Lanarkshire and the rest of Scotland. We can arrange to make an appointment for you at our offices in Airdrie, Hamilton, Cumbernauld or Motherwell and, in certain cases, we may also be able to arrange visit you at your home whether you live in Hamilton, Motherwell, Bothwell, Wishaw, Airdrie, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Bellshill, Larkhall or elsewhere in Lanarkshire. Our aim is provide a friendly service to reduce stress to you at what can be a very difficult time and we look forward to hearing from you.