Guardianship Lawyers

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What is a Guardianship?

A guardianship is a court supervised legal relationship established for the benefit and protection of another, called the "ward." Guardianships are generally for children whose parents can no longer take care of them, or for persons over eighteen years old who are declared mentally or physically incapacitated.

Types of Guardianships

When Does a Guardianship End?

A guardianship ordinarily lasts until one of these events occurs:

What is a Conservatorship?

A conservator (called a "guardian of property", "custodian" or "curator" in some states) is someone who has the court-ordered authority and responsibility to manage another adult's finances. Most often, conservatorships are established for people who are in comas, suffer from advanced Alzheimer's disease or have other serious illnesses or injuries. Conservators are subject to court supervision, which provides a powerful safeguard for an incapacitated adult's property.

The Process for Obtaining a Guardianship or Conservatorship

Who can Serve as a Guardian or Conservator?

To determine who can be a guardian or conservator the court will look at factors such as:

Do I Need an Attorney to Assist me in Establishing a Guardianship or Conservatorship?

An attorney is usually necessary in order to petition a court for the establishment of a guardianship or conservatorship. Moreover, speaking with the proper lawyer will enable you to understand the complicated legal procure and help to protect the best interests of all those affected.

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Last Modified: 11-16-2012 02:54 PM PST

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